Starbucks will close all stores for a day for racial-bias education

Lloyd Doyle
April 18, 2018

Philadelphia police have released the police radio calls from the controversial arrests of two black men at a Starbucks store in Center City. The police were then called and arrested them. Starbucks will involve these experts in monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the measures we undertake.

"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", Johnson said in a statement.

Sherrilyn Ifill, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, will also help design the program, as will executives from the Equal Justice Initiative and Demos, the progressive think tank.

Starbucks is feeling the heat after two black men were racially profiled and arrested in a Philadelphia location last week. "Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey".


"I'd like to have a dialogue with them so that I can ensure that we have an opportunity to really understand the situation and show some compassion and empathy for the experience they went through", he said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America". Officials have said the officers were told the men had asked to use the store's restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything, and they refused to leave. No charges were filed.

Johnson apologized for the way they were treated, according to a company spokesperson who declined to disclose details of the meeting.

The company has also confirmed that the manager who called the police is no longer working at that store.

In addition to the company-owned stores, Starbucks had as of January about 5,700 licensed stores in the United States, such as the ones inside Target and Barnes & Noble stores. After a video of the arrests spread online, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter. Johnson said of the episode in a video response posted Sunday, "This is not who we are, and it's not who we're going to be".

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