April 17, 2018
Photo courtesy of GMA Twitter
“Welcome to Starbucks, where the only thing that can be black is your coffee.”
This was just one of the internet’s reactions to two black men being arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks. The reason? They hadn’t ordered anything.
Since the unfortunate incident, there have been calls to boycott the coffee eatery from celebrities like T.I., James Fortune, Angela Rye and others. A few days later Starbucks apologized, using the standard company line about “reviewing policies”.
After realizing their apology was tone-deaf and did absolutely nothing to address the issue, CEO Kevin Johnson announced 8,500 stores would close nationwide on May 29 for “racial-bias education”. Really? More than a month later?
JUST IN: Starbucks CEO announces company will temporarily close all stores in US on May 29 "to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores."
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 17, 2018
Riiiiiight. Now in full disclosure Johnson reportedly did apologize to the men saying, “you can and should expect more from us.” He also confirmed that the manager that called the cops no longer worked at that particular location.
FULL INTERVIEW: "I personally apologize…" Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson one-on-one with @RobinRoberts in his first interview after two black men were handcuffed at a Philadelphia store.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 16, 2018
And along with that expectation how about a sizeable check for the way you mistreated the civil rights of two black man. How’s that for what we should expect?