Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Common Explains Why He Teamed With Starbucks For Anti-Bias Training

Common Explains Why He Teamed With Starbucks For Anti-Bias Training

The training came after a white Philadelphia store manager called police on two black men who were waiting for a friend inside a Starbucks, but had not made a purchase.

Getty The sign for a Starbucks Coffee shop is seen in Washington, DC, April 17, 2018, following the company's announcement that they will close more than 8,000 United States stores on May 29 to conduct "racial-bias education" following the arrest of two black men in one of its cafes.

In return for not filing a lawsuit against Philadelphia or its employees, the two men - Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson asked the city spend Dollars 200,000 to help young entrepreneurs, to which the latter agreed, The New York Times reported. The two men reached an agreement with the city.

Instead, Professor Dobbin suggested that Starbucks try to diversify its stores by developing special recruitment guidelines, mentoring programs and regional task forces. The stores don't plan to re-open until 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Starbucks-licensed locations. like those you see in grocery stores and airports. are not affected.

"I think a lot of people assume that a training, a lecture, a session, a brief exposure should be a good thing because it is better than nothing", she said. More than 175,000 Starbucks partners (that's what we call our employees) will be sharing life experiences, hearing from others, listening to experts, reflecting on the realities of bias in our society and talking about how all of us create public spaces where everyone feels like they belong-because they do.

Employees will be watching videos about bias featuring company leaders and rapper Common, the company said in a statement to preview the "curriculum".

Pugh delivered the same message he suspects Starbucks employees received Tuesday, saying, "Treat everybody with dignity, have empathy and compassion".

Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 of its locations this afternoon to conduct anti-bias training.

Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz, the architect of the company's move into a cafe format in the late 1980s, said in an open letter that the decision to call police and the men's arrests "were reprehensible and did not represent the company's mission and enduring values".

One of those advisers, former Attorney General Eric Holder, says that in some ways it's "disheartening" that these conversations still need to happen.

"I think that it sends a positive message anyway that they are going to close all of the stores", said Hillary, 40, who did not want her last name published.

"I support what they're doing", he said.

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