Local activists hold protest at Bloomfield Starbucks in reaction to Philadelphia arrest

Andrew Cummings
April 19, 2018

"While this is not limited to Starbucks, we're committed to being a part of the solution", Mr Johnson said, a former technology executive who took the helm about a year ago. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who is black, issued a Facebook Live statement shortly after video of the men's arrests went viral. Black men are still America's boogeyman because this country refuses to grapple with its racist past, and its racist present. "But I can't tell you how many people, myself included, have met someone at Starbucks, never spent a dime, and nothing happened".

"He's an outstanding young man who was meeting someone about a real estate deal, and look what happened", Gossett said. "It has always been that way to me". "If my skin colour was different, I feel like I would be approached".

The planned May 29 closure of all USA locations comes in the wake of a reputation-threatening incident last week at a store in Philadelphia, where two black men were forcibly removed as they reportedly waited for a third man with whom they had a meeting scheduled.

Fallout continues after two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Philadelphia Starbucks.


When they declined, the employee called 911. It's a smart move, given that the police have been killing Black men for crimes as egregious as carrying a cell phone or being in their own family's backyard. Although the men waiting at a table to meet a friend did nothing wrong, they were arrested, handcuffed, fingerprinted, photographed and held for almost nine hours. But Twitter has since erupted with criticism of the coffeehouse giant's choice of inviting the ADL.

But as the #BoycottStarbucks hashtag started trending and protesters began showing up in Starbucks stores, the company's chief executive, Kevin Johnson, released a long statement calling the situation a "reprehensible outcome" and reassuring customers that the company "stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling". And, in 2001, Seattle activists organized a boycott against Starbucks after an African-American man was shot by the police, arguing that the chain's gentrifying influence contributed to his death.

Starbucks, which is one of the largest coffee company and coffeehouse chain in America has announced on Tuesday that it will close 8,000 U.S. stores for an afternoon in May to provide its employees with racial-bias training.

About 175,000 Starbucks employees will take part in the program. Not much, probably. But is this just a bunch of corporate air?


"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".

"I think it's going to be possible". By at least trying to be that community-centric space, Starbucks is able to set itself apart from chains like McDonald's or Dunkin' Donuts - and convince customers to pay more for coffee. Sometimes it was a cake pop for my mom. The best approach is to simply not provide an opportunity for unconscious prejudices. He believes that Starbucks is sending a strong message to consumers and the greater business community that they "value doing the right thing over earnings and customer cash".

Neighbors on the block of Bonnaffon Street where Nelson grew up said they had neither seen him nor heard from him since last Thursday's arrest, but they spoke highly of him Wednesday afternoon.


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