Training May Not Be Enough to Fix Starbucks’s Image Problem

Apr 24, 2018

For example: a score of 35 means that 35% more people said they were positive than negative about the brand.

Starbucks will develop the training with guidance from those confronting racial bias, including Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the company said. They could learn something from Starbucks about how to tackle a crisis in a viral era. In an interview, the CEO of the company, Kevin Johnson, expressed his regret about the incident. You know, just really taking those actions and putting them in place and helping people understand that this is a people thing and that’s exactly what we want to see out of this.

The second man has not been identified.

“The arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks represents another ominous signal on the increasingly risky environment for African Americans”, wrote Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP. Johnson has called the arrests “reprehensible”.

Soon another video surfaced in Los Angeles, this time showing that a White customer used the bathroom without making a purchase whereas a Black customer was refused the same privilege.

The white Starbucks manager who called 911 on two African-American men last week is no longer with the company, with Starbucks’ executive chairman saying the manager likely acted on her own “unconscious bias” when she made a decision to involve the police.

“We may think things have changed a lot and maybe we don’t have lynching’s certainly the way they used to be, but for people of color, the experience is still they’re not free, they’re not safe”, said Nancy Bowden of Bloomfield. I invite Starbucks and all its global affiliates to commit to building a sustainable learning and development program that integrates a deep understanding of consumer racial profiling. “There was no question of, “Was there a problem here between you guys and a manager, what happened?'” And that is what we’re focused on”.

“I am sick and exhausted of liberals using black people and making us look like victims, making us look soft with their liberal dogma”.

Now that you have the facts, let’s get back to that One Brave White Man* who said something to the cops while the black men who simply needed to use the restroom were being arrested. The entrepreneurs and longtime friends said they were waiting to meet a potential business partner at the Starbucks in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood when they saw police officers enter the store and speak with the manager. The men then sat at a table and waited for a friend to arrive without buying anything. A call seeking comment from the men’s lawyer wasn’t immediately returned Monday.

The one-day training comes after Starbucks received widespread negative media.

The term used to describe encounters like the one at the Starbucks is “retail racism“, also known as “shopping while black”.

Philadelphia police released a recording of the call from the Starbucks employee that led to the arrests.

The coffee company has since apologised over the incident as protesters called for a boycott of Starbucks.

POWER is organizing a march to be held Thursday, starting at 5 police headquarters and ending with a rally at 5:45 at City Hall.

Protests are planned at a Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were arrested after store employees called 911 to say they were trespassing. Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who’s black, said in a Facebook post that arresting officers “did absolutely nothing wrong”, and added that Nelson and Robinson were disrespectful to officers.

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