Are You Going To Boycott Starbucks?
Over the weekend, Starbucks managed to capture the nation’s headlines. The coffee chain didn’t introduce a new flavor, instead, as we reported earlier, there was video evidence of two Black men being arrested at a Philadelphia location for waiting in the location without ordering food.
The manager of the location, noticing that the two men hadn’t ordered anything, called the police. The men later claimed that they were waiting for a friend and planned to order when he arrived.
The friend showed up as they were being walked out of the location, in handcuffs.
As they’re being arrested, several White people asked the officers what the men were being detained for. No one gave a response.
When the video went viral, folks immediately started calling for a boycott of the business.
Starbucks announced that they were reviewing the situation.
Later, the Starbuck CEO, Kevin Johnson appeared on “Good Morning America.” He offered to apologize to the men personally, he called the actions reprehensible but said that the manager did not intend for the two men to be arrested. He said that there would be increased unconscious bias training. Still, he said that the manager who made the decision to call the police has not been terminated.
You can watch the entire interview below.
Johnson’s decision not to terminate the manager has convinced many people that a boycott is necessary because while the employee didn’t intend for the two men to be arrested, calling the police on two Black men not only escalates a situation, it introduces the likelihood of violence and even death…all because they were occupying a table at Starbucks. Here are what a few people thought about the decision to boycott on the following pages.
Update: Starbucks has commented after the protests that took place at that Starbucks location that the manager no longer works there. The company gave out very few details but they said her decision to leave was “mutual,” meaning we don’t know if she was terminated, resigned or simply relocated to another franchise.
There is evidence that this type of discrimination is a more consistent problem.
There are those who agree with the boycott but argue that there are certain ways to do it effectively.