On Tuesday, Starbucks closed their stores across the nation to hold an "anti-bias" training after Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, two black men, were arrested for loitering at a Philadelphia store without buying anything.
Multiple Baristas who attended the training told Philadelphia Magazine that the company beat around the bush when discussing racial issues.
One Starbucks employee said “The training materials focused a lot on police brutality, which had nothing to do with the incident that happened.”
For some participants, the most upsetting aspect of the training was the focus on police brutality.
“The videos of cops knocking people down and fighting people were really disturbing,” Tina explained. “I told them I didn’t like the video and they told me they understood and that I was open to give my opinion.” What does watching videos about police brutality have to do with the situation that happened, Tina said she kept asking herself. “They went too deep into it and missed the point all at the same time.”
“...video after video they showed black people being assaulted by police or black people being verbally assaulted and white people being racially biased toward people of color.”