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.

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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