White People Are Having The Wrong Reaction To Starbucks Closing For Racial Bias Training

White People Are Having The Wrong Reaction To Starbucks Closing For Racial Bias Training

About a week ago, two men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks as they waited for a third friend to arrive and order drinks with them. ABC News reports the manager called the police, saying they were “refusing to make a purchase.” 

Video of the event sparked outrage, protests, and calls to boycott Starbucks:

Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts had the two men, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, in for an interview about what the fallout of their experience has been like.

Nelson said that when he walked in, he asked to use the restroom, but was refused, because he was told they were for paying customers. He says he “left it at that.” He then joined Robinson at a table. An employee approached them where they were seated and asked if she could help with anything. Both men say they were never actually asked to leave, only that they couldn’t use the restroom without buying anything.

Both were shocked when the police showed up.

“Initially, as soon as they approached us, they just said we have to leave,” Nelson said. “There was no question of, ‘Was there a problem here between you guys and the manager?,’ No ‘What happened?’”

“After the first time they walk over and said ‘you have to leave,’ I say ‘we’re here for a meeting,’” Robinson explained. Robinson offered to call the person they were waiting on, but was allegedly ignored. They were then put in handcuffs, reportedly without being informed as to why they were being arrested.

“We weren’t read any rights, nothing” Robinson said. “Just double-locked, handcuffed behind our back, and escorted out and put in a squad car.”

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has said that the incident was “completely inappropriate” and “reprehensible.” Johnson offered a personal apology to Robinson and Nelson, and the company decided they’d be closing all of their locations on May 29 so employees could receive racial bias training.

“While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution,” Johnson said. “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.”

Since the announcement, things have been somewhat fraught at Starbucks. Twitter user @the_myleg_fish (who says they’re in Ohio) shared what it’s been like working behind the Starbucks bar as May 29 approaches. Basically, white people are being extremely insensitive:

One day without Starbucks is something you can deal with, Becky.

Kelli R. Parker, who works for the New York Daily News, wrote to people considering a Starbucks boycott. As she says, the problem isn’t the company, the problem is racism:

There are people who don’t think the racial bias training will do much, but at least agree that Starbucks is trying to do something about a persistent issue:

It’s also important to consider how many people work for Starbucks, and who will have a day to either learn something new or share something of their experience. It could potentially make a huge difference if every franchise in America shut down for a day and had a serious educational workshop on racism. 

And if that means you have to make coffee at home one morning, so be it.

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This Teacher's Reaction To His Students Buying Him A Pair Of Vans Is Adorable

At the beginning of the school year, 17-year-old Dyani Heredia’s teacher, Taylor Kerby, complimented a student on his shoes and said he wanted some. So for Christmas, the entire class decided to pool their money together and get the psychology teacher his first pair of Vans.

And his reaction is just too damn sweet. 

Heredia explained on Twitter that Kerby is one of her favorite teachers, and they decided to surprise him at the start of the class when everyone shares a good thing that happened to them. 

Unsurprisingly, people on Twitter have watery eyes. 

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This Guy's Reaction To Exotic Animals Is The Purest Thing To Happen In 2016

If you look at any teenagers online profiles, it would be pretty easy to write off this generation of high school students as Instagram obsessed brats with no real passion for anything outside social media. However, for every kid glued to their iPhone, there’s a kid appreciating the incredible world around them. The latter are our hope for the future.

One of those hopes for the future is 17-year-old Jalen Brooks, a high school senior from Riverside, Illinois. A herpetologist came to his high school zoology class to show the students rare animals that had been confiscated from the illegal pet trade… And let’s just say, Brooks was pretty damn mesmerized. 

Classmate Jill Lojas tweeted a video of Brooks’ epic reactions to the presentation. 

Clearly, Brooks could NOT handle the majesty of the animal kingdom. 

“It began when he pulled out the biggest duck species there is! I was super intrigued,” he told BuzzFeed News. “After that,  then he pulled out the largest python I’ve ever seen and I lost it.”

Twitter is now “losing it” over Brooks’ enthusiasm. TBH, it’s just so pure and refreshing.

The video has been retweeted nearly 140,000 times — and it’s getting the meme treatment. 

As if the story isn’t adorable enough already, Brooks’ account of the whole thing is priceless. “He pulled out a series of crazy reptiles that were honestly dinosaurs in my opinion,” he said. “Then he pulled out the largest python I’ve ever seen and I lost it.”

Some people were equally impressed by the animals, and they wondered why their zoology classes weren’t this cool. 

It didn’t take long for the memes to start flowing in. 

The newfound Twitter fame has even landed Brooks some A-list followers, including NBA star Stephen Curry. 

Jalen, never lose your sense of wonder. 

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2016 sucked, but the world is still magical.

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