On 5/29, we'll close US company-owned stores to conduct racial-bias training to address implicit bias & prevent discrimination. We're taking a hard look at who we are as a company. We’re ashamed & recognize that racial bias is a problem we must address. https://t.co/xIYc75BJPj— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 17, 2018
Starbucks has been under fire since a manager called police on two black men at a Philadelphia store and had the men arrested for trespassing. That’s why they’ve decided to close all of their US locations on the afternoon of May 29 for racial bias training.
Nearly 175,000 employees will receive the training, and new hires will be required to go through it as well.
The training, which will be developed with input from experts including NAACP and Anti-Defamation League execs and former attorney general Eric Holder, will "address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination, and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome.”
We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/suUsytXHks— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 14, 2018