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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Blinking White Guy' From Viral Meme Goes On TV To Talk About What It Did To Him

You may not know Drew Scanlon by name, but you definitely know him by face if you’ve spent any time whatsoever online in 2017. Scanlon is a video and podcast producer for the website Giant Bomb, and though he was well-known in the gaming world, it was his incredulous expression that launched him into the Meme Hall of Fame.

The gif of Scanlon comes from a video he made for Giant Bomb over four years ago, according toMashable, where he’s listening to a man describe his virtual farming habits. The guy says he with his “hoe,” and it looks like Scanlon’s mind jumps right out of the farmyard.

But the gif of his blink didn’t get really popular until 2017. Perhaps because it’s now in so many situations:

The problem with memes of people, is that they keep existing and have to deal with everyone knowing their face. Scanlon went on Good Morning America to remind everyone that he is a human person who does more than blink, though that’s pretty much what he was reduced to again:

They even tried to get him to recreate it, but it’s not quite there:

Hey, he’s a producer, not an actor. Those blinks came from a real place and can’t be recreated.

“We don’t really have a way of communicating body language over the internet, with text or anything, and memes are kind of that,” says Scanlon. Guess he doesn’t resent it too much? Thanks for letting us use your face for what can’t be expressed in words. 

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White House Reportedly Lacked Plans To Help Puerto Rico, According To Activist

Donald Trump’s been coming under a lot of criticism for his administration’s reaction, or lack thereof, to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. While the Trump administration claims that their aid efforts are going well, many on the island feel that it is too little too late. Many feel that Trump’s words on Puerto Rico’s debt and weak infrastructure were ill-timed:

Probably not the best time to remind the islands that they don’t have the best infrastructure and they owe people money while people are dying, you know? Singer Marc Anthony had some very blunt words for Trump’s priorities in the wake of the hurricane.

Singer-songwriter and political activist, Holly O’Reilly, alleges that she spoke with a “vetted source” about the White House’s response to Hurricane Maria and its plans to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the storm’s destruction. While this source has not been verified, according to what O’Reilly shares, it suggests that there really weren’t many plans to help the island in the first place.

She divulged all of her alleged findings in a series of tweets. 

What’s worse is that the number of people who’ve died due to Hurricane Maria isn’t being properly reported as of yet, which suggests that the severity of the situation in Puerto Rico is being downplayed.

People started sharing their own horror stories of what their family and friends are experiencing on the island.

Others pointed out that when aid finally did arrive, the logistics surrounding the distribution of life saving supplies were apparently a mess.

Do you think the White House showed favoritism in its disaster relief efforts between Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico?

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Chief Of Staff John Kelly Wants To Fire Omarosa From The White House

John Kelly wants to bring order to the White House.

Among the Conways and the Mooches and the Spicers, it’s easy to forget that a contestant from the first season of Celebrity Apprentice has been walking the halls of the executive branch. But no-nonsense Chief of Staff John Kelly, who may be the only disciplined person cashing checks in the President’s employ, doesn’t like Omarosa’s habit of “triggering” the President with critical news stories.

Yes, a reality star is goading a reality star President, who gets grumpy, loses track of his responsibilities, and rails at people on Twitter. Kelly has no use for “people like Omarosa” who walk into the Oval Office and wind up the chief executive.

Kelly has established a system that limits access to the President:

Kelly has been trying to limit distracting news that crosses the President’s desk:

Whether or not limiting Trump’s infotainment diet and paring down his friends list will result in more efficient governing is yet to be seen.

America voted a reality TV show into the Oval Office, and that’s what we’ve gotten so far.  

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Video Of Hillary Clinton Accurately Warning America About Trump And White Supremacy Re-Emerges Online

As the nation grows ever more divided, with President Trump emboldening hate groups by not expressly condemning them after the deadly protest in Charlottesville, a voice of reason has emerged.

Unfortunately for us, however, that voice is from a year ago, when Hillary Clinton attempted to warn voters of the dangers of electing Donald Trump.

In a video that has reemerged and gone viral, Clinton explains exactly the circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment:

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New Yorker Cartoon Perfectly Illustrates The Hiring Cycle In Trump’s White House

The New Yorker is one of our most respected publications, and for good reason — they occasionally foretell the future.

Case in point: 

On Wednesday, they published this brutally satirical cartoon:

Then, in accordance with the prophesies, it came brutally true.

Within just a day or two, we learned that White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, widely seen as among Trump’s trusted inner circle, was let go following a blow up between him and the new White House Communications Director, seen below sizing Priebus up in the Oval Office.

Praise for the clairvoyant cartoon flooded the comments on Instagram.

Start the clock. We anxiously await The New Yorker’s inevitable next piece of illustrative clairvoyance.

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Justice Official Quits Due To White House Conduct

A top Justice Department official has quit, saying that she could no longer hold companies to standards that Donald Trump is not meeting.

Hui Chen, a corporate crime expert in the fraud unit of the DOJ’s criminal division, discussed her reasons for leaving in a June 25 post on LinkedIn.

“Trying to hold companies to standards that our current administration is not living up to was creating a cognitive dissonance that I could not overcome,” she said in the post. “To sit across the table from companies and question how committed they were to ethics and compliance felt not only hypocritical, but very much like shuffling the deck chair on the Titanic.”

She continued: “Even as I engaged in…questioning and evaluations, on my mind were the numerous lawsuits pending against the President of the United States for everything from violations of the Constitution to conflict of interest, the ongoing investigations of potentially treasonous conducts, and the investigators and prosecutors fired for their pursuits of principles and facts.”

Chen added: “Those are conducts I would not tolerate seeing in a company, yet I worked under an administration that engaged in exactly those conduct[s]. I wanted no more part in it.”

Since quitting, Chen has been vocally critical of the Trump Administration, especially on Twitter:

Many have applauded Chen for following her conscience:

Although some wish she would have stayed:

Perhaps more will follow Chen’s lead:

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Black Valedictorian Forced To Share The Honor With White Student Who Had A Lower GPA

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Imagine a school where the valedictorian is black, but is named co-valedictorian and forced to share that honor with a white student whose GPA is lower. Imagine that black student was not allowed to give a speech at graduation until after that white student had spoken. Imagine that black student being asked to walk behind that white student with the lower GPA. You probably imagined this happening in a movie set several decades ago, right? It happened. In reality. Recently. 

“Whaaaaaaaaat?” – Half of you guys right now

Jasmine Shepard was the first black valedictorian of Cleveland High School in Mississippi, a school in a district where racial tensions run incredibly high. So much so, that a federal judge ruled that the school district had actually failed to desegregate despite the law ordering schools to do so more than sixty years ago. The school actually tried to fight a secondary order to desegregate in 2016.

Jasmine and her mother believe these racial tensions are what’s behind Jasmine’s treatment as valedictorian.

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The school has never had co-valedictorians before and claims the students just so happened to have identical GPA’s for the first time ever in the school’s history.

Jasmine’s mother doesn’t agree.

“These children have been attending school with each other since middle school. We know the schedule, we know what they take and we have a good idea where the discrepancy lies.”

Jasmine was initially hesitant to take any action against the school because she was worried there would be backlash against the other student, who she describes as “the kindest-hearted, sweetest person.” Eventually, though, they did decide to take the matter to court to highlight the school districts actions. They are seeking damages and for Jasmine to correctly be named the sole valedictorian.

People are baffled.

Francisco couldn’t contain his sarcasm.

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Francisco’s sentiments may have been sarcastic, but that wasn’t the case for everyone.

“Feral savages” … wow. Keepin’ it classy, huh?

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Whatever the result of the suit is, congratulations to Jasmine on her achievement and we wish her tons of success in her future. 

H/T: RawStory, Twitter

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The President Gets Fed Like A Teenageer In The White House And, Well, Blech

The President Gets Fed Like A Teenageer In The White House And, Well, Blech

Similar to his thoughts on environmental issues, Trump is insouciant about his diet.

The president powers up on Big Macs, KFC, Domino’s, and he washes it all down with his favorite elixir, Diet Coke. Which is interesting, since he once tweeted this:

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The president vouches for his love of fast food because the companies  maintain a high standard of hygiene. Notorious for bristling at  double-dipping partygoers, Trump has always been obsessed with a high  level of cleanliness. 

“One bad hamburger, and you can destroy  McDonald’s. One bad hamburger and you take Wendy’s and all these other  places and they’re out of business,” he told a pre-adversarial Anderson  Cooper at a CNN town-hall-style meeting early last year. 

“I like cleanliness, and I think you’re better off going there than maybe some place that you have no idea where the food is coming from.”

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He waxed poetic about Mickey D’s. “The Big Macs are great. The Quarter Pounder. It’s great stuff,” he praised.

But now that he has his meals served at the White House, he still insists on “clean” food.A Time‘s  report on the White House’s after hours described a scene in the dining  room. “The waiters know well Trump’s personal preferences. As he  settles down, they bring him a Diet Coke, while the rest of us are served water, with the Vice President sitting at one end of the table,” read the excerpt.

“With the salad course, Trump is served what appears to be Thousand Island dressing instead of the creamy vinaigrette for his guests. When the chicken arrives, he is the only one given an extra dish of sauce,” the report read.

“At the dessert course, he gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else,” the report continued. One  would be sadly mistaken to think that a teenager was present at the  table, when in fact, the needs of a 70-year-old’s palate was being  tended to. 

The report added, “The tastes of Pence are also tended to. Instead of the pie, he gets a fruit plate.”

While on the campaign trail last year, he would often show his reverence for Colonel Sanders.

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It appears as if the president’s tastes haven’t evolved much since  moving into the White House. There seems to be as much junk going into  his mouth, as there is spewing forth.

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Twitter Is Not Impressed By Trump's First Easter Egg Roll In The White House

The Annual Easter Egg Roll is a White House tradition that dates back 138 years and draws some 35,000 visitors to the South Lawn each year. Today is the first Easter Egg Roll since Donald Trump became President, and this led some people to have concerns about the running of the event.

Last week, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump’s administration seemingly forgot about the annual Easter Egg Roll and didn’t put in an order for eggs for quite some time. The company that makes commemorative eggs for the event had to reach out to the President on Twitter to remind them to place their order.

So, how did it actually go? Judging by these tweets, not very well. 

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