Today, May 29, Starbucks cafés nationwide will be closing to conduct racial bias/ sensitivity training following the arrest of two Black patrons at a Philadelphia location last month.
The training is in response to the Seattle-based company receiving backlash over the incident, where employees called the police on two African-American real estate agents who were waiting for a friend to conduct a business meeting.
In April, two black men were detained by police in a #Starbucks while doing nothing other than waiting to take a business meeting. As the company holds race sensitivity training to promote equal and unbiased treatment of all customers, Mic’s @aaronlmorrison speaks to St. Louis resident and coffee shop owner Jason Wilson about his own experience with discrimination and how it shapes his business.
Rapper and activist Common will be lending a hand to the cause, as the Oscar-winner will be featured in a series of videos throughout the training, according to the Wall Street Journal. The videos will tell the stories of “people who’ve had a heightened level of self-awareness when dealing with those in the service field and how one wrong gesture can alter their reality.”