Starbucks Closes for Racial Bias Training Today

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This afternoon, thousands of Starbucks coffee shops will be closed as the company delivers ‘racial bias’ training to their staff.

The move comes after an incident a few weeks ago where two black men were removed from a Starbucks in Philadelphia after staffers called the police on the men who refused to vacate the premises when asked to do so.

Starbucks, which was headed by Howard “violence against white people is justified” Schultz until just recently, is trying to get back into the good graces of the lefties who frequent the company by accusing every one of their employees of being racist enough to require training.

As posted on social media two hours ago:

“For several hours this afternoon, we will close stores and offices to discuss how to make Starbucks a place where all people feel welcome.

Thank you for your patience and support as we renew our promise to make Starbucks an inclusive gathering place for all.

See you tomorrow.”

In a “preview” of the training to be given to 175,000 employees this afternoon,

“Each store will receive a tool kit which will allow for partners to learn together in small self-guided groups. This first training will focus on understanding racial bias and the history of public accommodations in the United States, with future trainings addressing all aspects of bias and experiences.”

The Incident

According to Richard Ross, the African-American local Police Commissioner, the two police involved in the situation picking up the loitering men did “absolutely nothing wrong,” and Ross defended the arrests.

Ross explained that the staffers at the store called up 911 and reported both trespassing as well as a disturbance.

The officers arrived, and the staff informed them that there were two men who had repeatedly refused to leave after being denied the use of the employee bathroom when employees asked them several times to vacate.

When the officers asked the men to leave and they refuse, that’s when it turned into a handcuff situation.

At this point, I suggest taking a look over at our friends with the Black Rifle Coffee Company, which is run by six veterans who combined two of their loves into a great business:

I created Black Rifle Coffee Company for people like myself, coffee-loving veterans and those who are committed to supporting the 2nd Amendment. I wanted to create a company that roasted the finest, freshest coffee on the planet that also supported the things ‘we’ believe in.

Starbucks’ Response

Two days after the incident, Starbucks response by saying that they would be reviewing their policies and working to “engage with the community” as well as with local police to prevent the same bad press from coming their way again.

We apologize to the two individuals and our customers and are disappointed this led to an arrest. We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores.”

To their eternal credit, the two men refused to be given a settlement.

Racial Bias Training

Racial bias training, or implicit bias training is the fancy way of saying that even if you think you’re not racist, you’re actually even more racist for not admitting that you — like an alcoholic at an AA meeting — have no control over your relationship with people of different backgrounds and you will never stop being racist.

According to The Atlantic,

“The idea of implicit bias is that our human minds are, through repeated cultural exposure, conditioned to associate specific traits, characteristics, and behaviors with certain groups of people. When we encounter an individual from one of these groups, those associations arise spontaneously.”

So, you’re a white barista and you see a black female customer enter. If your first thought jumps to something racist, even if you catch yourself and say Wow, That Was Racist of Me! you’re still demonstrating implicit bias and you’ll probably unconsciously spit in her latte.

Racial Bias Training at Joe For America

We here at Joe for America have undergone our own form of racial bias training. The process was long and intensive and it covered all the major topics.

  1. Don’t be a jerk

It was a difficult 6-week course but I managed to pass with flying colors.

 

Sources: CNN, The Atlantic, Starbucks News

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