Common will be the new face of Starbucks’ racial bias training

The Chicago rapper might be in training videos.

May 24, 2018

Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee giant, has a tenuous history with making positive strides when it comes to how it handles issues of race, all of which came to a head at a Philadelphian location of the café chain back in April after two black businessmen were arrested for asking to use the bathroom. The company has responded by forcing all employees to undergo mandatory race relations training this coming Tuesday, the sessions themselves of which will be lead by… Common?

The current details of the Chicago rapper’s involvement in the training is limited, however reports do state the training sessions are slated to involve “video messages from executives and from hip-hop artist Common,” which along with a “Team Guidebook,” plan to guide employees through “the realities and impact of racial discrimination in public accommodations from the civil rights movement all the way to today” over the course of the two-hour seminar.

On top of the renewed focus in creating “a more welcoming Starbucks”, the Philadelphia incident has also led to the company to revise their bathroom policies to open their access to non-paying customers, along with the victims, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson reaching a settlement with the city that involved a $200k donation to support young entrepreneurs from local high schools.


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