The racial tension in America is certainly high these days, thanks to a number of hateful and violent incidents that have occurred over the last few years.
Yes, it’s embarrassing that we are still dealing with this sort of nonsense in the 21st century, but, just as the liberals tend to ignore the Second Amendment, racists tend to ignore the idea that “all men are created equal”.
In both cases, you can’t fix stupid.
When it comes to racism, however, the angry reactions are far more warranted. The debate over the Second Amendment is going to rage, no matter how often we explain what the words “shall not be infringed” actually mean.
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And, trust us, the democrats aren’t all that great with vocabulary definitions.
So when two men were arrested in a Starbucks coffee shop just days ago for “trespassing”, it was easy to see why the nation was incensed.
Last Thursday, two black men were arrested at the Starbucks location for allegedly trespassing. The men, who were apparently meeting an acquaintance and had yet to order, were held in custody for eight hours. Video of the arrests, in which patrons questioned the police and the manager’s motives, went viral, and, since then, protesters have demanded accountability from the company. According to Philly.com, about 40 protesters occupied the coffee shop on Monday.
In response to the incident, Starbucks CEO and Bellevue resident Kevin Johnson released a statement saying that he hopes to meet with the men who were arrested and that Starbucks employees will be trained on implicit bias. “Additionally,” he wrote, “we will host a company-wide meeting next week to share our learnings, discuss some immediate next steps and underscore our long-standing commitment to treating one another with respect and dignity. I know our store managers and partners work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations every day—which makes this very poor reflection on our company all the more painful.”
Now, the two men who were subjected to this horrific treatment at the hands of an insensitive and undereducated barista have settled with the city of Philadelphia in the classiest way possible.
Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.
The men and their lawyer told The Associated Press the settlement was an effort to make sure something positive came out of the incident.
“We thought long and hard about it and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see,” said Donte Robinson, one of those arrested. “It’s not a right-now thing that’s good for right now, but I feel like we will see the true change over time.”
Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo.