Published On: Wed, May 30th, 2018

Starbucks shuts down their stores for ‘unconscious bias training’ – here’s the details

A viral video over the alleged inappropriate arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks last month sparked more outrage over racism and America and the coffee maker has countered with “unconscious bias training” for all of their stores.

Nevermind, the two men were loitering, ignored warnings from the staff and police, refusing to leave the store (full details HERE), the liberal leaning Starbucks caved to the Alt-left to the program. The “unconscious bias” is the byproduct of racist America, causing white people to treat blacks and other minorities badly, so the program is to raise awareness (instill guilt) to change behavior (even if nothing has been done).

“To complete the curriculum, Starbucks employees broke into groups of three to five people and progressed through a guidebook, complete with pages to mark up by hand, as well as video and audio clips played on an iPad,” detailed the Washington Post. “During training, store managers did not take leadership roles but instead worked alongside their employees.

“At first, employees were prompted to find differences between themselves and others. They watched a video in which company chairman Howard Schultz talked about his vision for a more inclusive company and country. They reflected on what a place of belonging means to them. And they examined their own biases.”

Check out one video below.

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Heather McGhee, president of Demos, served as volunteer advisers on the curriculum. Speaking to reporters last week, they said they would publish a report this summer about how Starbucks can address issues of bias “in a comprehensive way.” McGhee said the volunteer advisers “set high standards for accountability” with the company and would not just “be a rubber stamp to validate their programming.”

“As an African American woman going into this conversation, I had a lot of cynicism about how much a corporation would actually be committed to making a significant, meaningful difference after the headlines faded,” McGhee said. “What surprised me has been the depth of commitment the Starbucks leadership had to seeing this as essential to their mission.”

Speaking with reporters Tuesday morning, Schultz talked about going through the training with other executives and hearing the stories of a colleague who grew up in South Africa during apartheid. Schultz said the woman “wanted us to understand the imprinting of that experience on her life,” and that the group was so moved during the conversation that they paused for a short break.

“Trying to, as a white person, fully understand as much as possible the fact that a person of color never quite feels comfortable in a public space in America, and hearing it from them, because it’s not something we think about … how can we be better people?” Schultz said. “How can we be better citizens? What else can we do to try and advance a feeling of equality in the country?”

Actions matter.

Your unconscious ANYTHING, bias or otherwise, is NOT relevant until it manifests into behavior. If someone is treated badly, then THAT IS what needs to be addressed. In the incident which sparked all of this nonsense, the two men were the ones BEHAVING BADLY and that had NOTHING to do with their race.

photo Elvert Barnes

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