Last week, two black men were arrested at a Philly Starbucks for pretty much no reason. Here's the deal:
The two guys were apparently waiting for a friend inside of the coffee house on Thursday when they asked to use the bathroom.
An employee told them restrooms are for paying customers only.
When they then sat in the store without ordering anything, the manager called police, and the men were arrested for trespassing. ARRESTED. Ultimately, though, no charges were filed.
Rightfully so, Starbucks has received a TON of backlash over the past couple of days.
On 5/29, we'll close US company-owned stores to conduct racial-bias training to address implicit bias & prevent discrimination. We're taking a hard look at who we are as a company. We’re ashamed & recognize that racial bias is a problem we must address. https://t.co/xIYc75BJPj— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 17, 2018
In response, Starbucks says it's going close 8,000 company-owned stores on the afternoon of May 29th to educate employees on racial biases.
The training will impact about 175,000 employees nationwide.
"I've spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it," Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.
"While this is not limited to Starbucks, we're committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities."
Starbucks says the training will be developed with guidance from experts including:
- Former Attorney General Eric Holder
- President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
- CEO of the Anti-Defamation League
- Executives from the Equal Justice Initiative and Demos
The experts will also review the effectiveness of the training, Starbucks said.