Starbucks is Closing Stores On May 29 for Racial Bias Training After Two Men Arrested in Philadelphia Location; 16 Pasadena Locations Will Be Affected

Published : Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | 10:58 AM

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Starbucks has announced it is closing all store branches on the afternoon of May 29 to “conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores” after two black men were arrested in one of its Philadelphia stores.

Starbucks said the training will be “provided to nearly 175,000 partners (employees) across the country and will become part of the onboarding process for new partners,” and will cover topics such as “implicit bias” and “conscious inclusion.”

Starbucks’ CEO Kevin Johnson apologized this weekend after an employee called the police on two black men who she alleges asked to use the restroom without having purchased any drinks at a Philadelphia. The men were arrested and an accompanying video went viral.

“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” Johnson said in a statement. “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”

Starbucks said it is working with experts to develop the curriculum for the training including Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Heather McGhee, president of Demos; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League.

The stores will reopen on May 30.

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