Starbucks across country to close Tuesday for racial bias training

Starbucks across country to close Tuesday for racial bias training

Starbucks-licensed outlets, such as those found in colleges or supermarkets, or inside other retail outlets, are not included among the 8,000-plus company-owned stores confirmed to be closing in Starbucks' announcement, and not required to close. The training will include a documentary film and video messages from Starbucks executives and rapper Common, as well as a discussion among store employees about their own experiences with bias. She likened it to exercising a muscle. The men, who had previously asked for the code needed to use the store's bathroom, said they were waiting for a friend.

The retailer said earlier this month that all guests would be permitted to stay in its stores and use its restrooms regardless of whether they had purchased an item, later clarifying that it would not permit sleeping, disruptive behavior or substance use at its locations. Robinson and Nelson settled with the city and received a symbolic $1 each, with the promise from local officials to set up a $200,000 scholarship program for young entrepreneurs. If a Starbucks employee thinks the situation isn't safe, he or she should call the police.

One afternoon of training can't solve deep problems such as discrimination or treating customers differently due to their race, said Keba Konte, the founder of Red Bay Coffee, an Oakland, California-based coffee company whose staff includes women, people of color and people who had previously been imprisoned.

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Calvin Lai, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, said people should not place high expectations on this one day.

"In some cases it can lead people who are kind of already reactive to these issues to become even more polarised", he told the Associated Press. "A lot of those employees won't be here next year or two years or three years down the line".

The incident sparked an outcry, and CEO Kevin Johnson swiftly apologized and promised to make sure that nothing like that would happen at a Starbucks again.

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The program has been developed in conjunction with representatives of the Equal Justice Initiative, the NAACP, Demos and the Anti-Defamation League, as well as former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and a consultancy called the Perception Institute.

That takes a sustained effort, McGhee added.

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