In April, a video showing two black men being arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, when they had done nothing but sit inside one of the coffee shops without buying anything, triggered outrage and boycotts across the country.
Starbucks, known for espousing progressive, inclusive principles, reacted swiftly, announcing plans to close its U.S. shops for an afternoon and supply all of its employees with racial-bias training.
The four-hour sessions, involving 175,000 workers at 8,000 locations, had employees and managers reportedly working in small groups to discuss their experience of race, and studying issues like implicit bias.
The company also aired “Story of Access,” a seven-minute film by Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, creator of “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” and “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.”
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