Starbucks announces closure for training on racial prejudice


The Starbucks coffee shop will close operations on the afternoon of May 29 to train its staff on racial prejudice, following a controversial arrest of two African-Americans at a store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The company described the training in a press section as “a training for all our employees, a total of 175,000 across the country.” Starbucks president Kevin Johnson added in a written statement that “I was in Philadelphia in the past few days exchanging views with leaders and community members. I understand that we act in a wrong way and we are taking the necessary steps to amend what happened. We are committed to being part of the solution. ” This closure includes Starbucks stores, as well as its administrative offices throughout the country. The training will include resources to deal with racial biases, inclusion plan and prevention of discrimination. The curriculum was developed with the help of several expert entities on the subject such as Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Heather McGhee, president of Demos; former Attorney General Eric Holder; and Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League.


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