What getting woke will cost Starbucks
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 19, 2018,
Apr 19, 2018, 18:16
The manager responsible for calling the police on the two African-American men has since stepped down from her job and is no longer employed by Starbucks.
They were accompanied by their attorney, Stewart Cohen, who said his clients were engaged in mediation with Starbucks with a retired federal judge as arbitrator.
Donte Robinson: I want to make sure that this situation doesn't happen again so what I want [is] for a young man to not be traumatized by this, and instead motivated and inspired. The partnership ended in 2010, but after the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2015, the company recommitted to opening cafes in poor urban neighborhoods, and has opened 10 in cities including Chicago and Trenton, New Jersey, and says it's planning another in Birmingham, Alabama, this summer.
Philadelphia police late on Tuesday released the series of calls that led to the men's arrests. CEO Kevin Johnson addressed the issue in a video message that accompanied the announcement. "We've been working on this for months", Nelson said. "But let's not lose sight of the real problem which is police accountability", said Ms Tiffany Dena Loftin, director of the youth and college division at the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People. Johnson has called the arrests "reprehensible".
An employee refused the request because the men had not bought anything, according to officials. Howard Schultz, the executive chairman for the brand was quoted as saying in a statement, "We will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer". "You may not know you possess these biases". "And that is what we're focused on".
Also on Wednesday morning, Kevin Johnson appeared on Fox Business Network's "Mornings With Maria" and talked about meeting with the men who were arrested. He says he's like to have a dialogue with them and listen with "compassion and empathy" about what they went through.
As the coffee giant battles a public-relations meltdown after a controversial encounter between a white employee and two black men in a Philadelphia store, the irony of our interview location is not lost on either of us.
"Perhaps something good can come out of this and by that I mean, this has highlighted for us that we have more work to do as a company". A call seeking comment from the men's lawyer wasn't immediately returned Monday.
The demonstrators stood by the counter chanting slogans like "Starbucks coffee is anti-black". The men reportedly asked staff if they could use the restroom. The store manager called the police, and the men were arrested for trespassing.
Walking around while black outside was apparently sufficient probable cause for Orlando police officers to recently wrongfully arrest teenager Nyejewel Burney.
Nelson and Robinson said they're looking for more lasting results and are in mediation proceedings with Starbucks to implement changes, including the posting in stores of a customer bill of rights; the adoption of new policies regarding customer ejections, racial profiling and racial discrimination; and independent investigations of complaints of profiling or discrimination from customers and employees. Police waited five minutes to call for help after shooting him seven times in the back; 20 bullets were fired in all.