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on Starbucks temporarily shutting down

Starbucks is an all-American coffee company known for their diverse drinks and great place for study sessions; however, their lack of racial acceptance has caused them backlash.

After numerous racial incidents including April 12 where a Starbucks’ manager called the police to arrest two black men at a Philadelphia location, Starbucks has announced plans on April 17th to close all US stores for the afternoon of May 29.

Starbucks said in a statement it plans to “conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores…The training will be provided to nearly 175,000 partners (employees) across the country, and will become part of the on boarding process for new partners,”

Bearing News decided to go out into the hallways of RBHS and personally ask a few students their opinions regarding Starbucks decision and the situation in general.

"I feel like the Starbucks closing for training is a good step in the right direction here, I mean there's probably better things that could happen in smaller groups but as a whole company it's probably hard to train things like that so it’s a good way to move towards equality." - Josh Froidl, freshman "Yeah because honestly it's like the only place that ever did that in response to huge racial issues because other places just put out an apology then get over it and hope that they get business, but Starbucks actually took a step to make a change" - Ruth Bryan, sophomore“yes I absolutely agree with Starbucks decision to shut down on the 29th because they are acknowledging that there is a problem and we don’t see that much anymore. it’s refreshing to see a business be legitimately concerned with a problem and try to fix it even if it costs them business.” - Madi Castilow, junior "I feel like this shouldn't have happened in the first place and they should have taken it more seriously, like its 2018 racial incidents shouldn’t happen. But by closing stores for a day it kind of puts some awareness to what's actually happening " -Brayden Hawkins, senior

 

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