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Starbucks’ Racial Bias Training Video Will Star Rapper Common

Starbucks’ Racial Bias Training Video Will Star Rapper Common

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Catch Common at Starbucks

On May 29th, Starbucks will close 8,000 United States locations for a day of anti-bias training for its employees. In a press release sent out earlier in the week, Starbucks called the training, for its 175,000 employees, “a conversation and learning session on race, bias and the building of a diverse welcoming company.”

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The training will be centered around a video, which will feature messages from Starbucks executives and, interestingly enough, veteran rapper Common. According to The Seattle Times, Common is in one of the first shots . In his role, he’s one of the guides to helping employees “see each other fully, completely, respectfully.”

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The entire training session is four hours long. Interestingly enough, attendance isn’t mandatory. But employees who do attend will get paid.

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This training session comes from the incident that occurred in April when two black men were arrested while waiting at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Those men ended up settling with the city of Philadelphia for a $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for entrepreneurs.

Source:The Seattle Times,


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