The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Starbucks Corp. plans to close its more than 8,000 company-owned U.S. stores for several hours to conduct racial-bias training for their nearly 175,000 U.S. workers.
According to the report, the move is the coffee chain’s latest response to the controversial arrest of two African-American men at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia.
A clearly racist Starbucks employee asked two African-American men to leave because they wanted to wait for their friend to arrive before placing an order. White people do this all the time but somehow it’s a problem when African-Americans do it.
In order to mitigate the legal exposure, Starbucks said it will close its stores and Seattle corporate offices during the afternoon May 29 “to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores.”
The privileged elites, who frequent Starbucks stores around the nation, will feel the backlash from Starbucks’ racism. Normal people probably could care less, and continue to wonder why paying $6.50 for a cup of coffee is a good deal.
During the store closures, employees “will go through a training program designed to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome,” a Starbucks executive told the media.
The only people “safe and welcome” in Starbucks are the privileged elites. That’s not going to change anytime soon, no matter how many times Starbucks closes.