As we’ve previously discussed, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced a new venture in in-your-face political correctness called “Race Together.” The whole point of it was to have his randomly write “Race Together” on a coffee cup and encourage the customer to have a conversation about race.
It didn’t go well.
They got picked apart in the media, we contributed, and when their Vice President of Stuff and Whatever, Cory duBrowa, took to Twitter to announce the effort to make us all like one another. The result looked something like this.
The first thing we learned from the campaign is that apparently VP duBrowa has really, really thin skin. The VP proceeded to start blocking people and then he deleted his Twitter account.
He’s now saying “I’ll be back!” and muttering about how rude people are. Personally, we can’t wait for him and his thin skin to open up a new Twitter account. Heh.
The BEST part of the story is just starting to come out and it looks like this.
Hmmmm. No stores in black neighborhoods? We are shocked.
If Starbucks wants us to talk about race, let’s start with why they don’t have Starbucks Coffee Houses in some of America’s cities that are mostly black, or have had a racially charged history?
My friend looked up various cities, and found that there are no Starbucks Coffee Houses in many of them.
Highland Park, Michigan, which is at the center of Detroit, is inhabited by a population that is 94 percent African-American. Or in Benton Harbor, Michigan, which is almost 90 percent African-American. There is not a Starbucks in either town.
The recent remembrance of the march on Selma, Alabama had the president walking down the street with many people who fought for civil rights, but once again, Selma doesn’t have a Starbucks. Neither does Ferguson, Missouri.
We would encourage you to trip over to the Starbucks store finder and see how many you can find in a black neighborhood near you. We couldn’t find any in South Phoenix. Or Watts.
And we just can’t wait for Howard Schultz to take this one public again. We’ll bet Al Sharpton might even get involved in the beat down.
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