T.I. thinks people should boycott Starbucks after two Black men were arrested after a store manager said they were trespassing.
On Sunday, TMZ caught up with the rapper at LAX when he said that people have a right to not support the coffee chain after a viral video showing the two men in handcuffs being escorted out by Philadelphia police.
“We should reserve our right to stop spending our money at places that don’t respect us equally,” he said. “Until they’ve made some progressive steps to let us know how they plan on rectifying the situation, I don’t see no other answer.”
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson “personally apologized” to the two men and has plans to meet up with them to address the issue.
“If there’s one thing that America has shown us, [There are] only two ways that you can get their attention,” T.I. said. “The loss of life and the loss of finances.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.