The video of two black men waiting inside a Starbucks has gone viral with over 1 million views. The video showed the two men being arrested after the manager on-schedule called the police. Nearby witnesses say the two men were minding their own business but the manager seemed upset that they were not ordering.
Since the video, thousands of people have vowed to boycott Starbucks due to their racial act in that Philadelphia coffee shop.
Almost immediately, CEO of Starbucks, Kevin Johnson apologized for this incident but the public did not seem to be satisfied. Johnson has now released a statement stating that all of their US-owned stores will be closing for a mandatory training to reduce racial bias as the one we saw in Philadelphia.
“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."
This means 8,000 Starbucks will be closing and over 100,000 employees will be receiving the training.
Is this enough for Starbucks fans to return? Well, quite honestly it’s more than we’ve seen be done in other racial biased situations. It seems responsible companies always claim they are investigating for further information yet nothing further comes. I give it to Starbucks for actually taking responsibility and creating action.
The training will take place May 29th. The manager who made the phone call to the police has been let go from his position in what the company is calling “a mutual decision.”