Starbucks Caves To Anti-Semitic Complaints, Drops Jewish ADL From Bias Training

The Anti-Defamation League's was dropped from being included in Starbucks' anti-bias training.

Seattle, WA – Starbucks has excluded the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish anti-hate group, from contributing to its upcoming company-wide daylong anti-bias training session.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will now only play an advisory role in the company’s goal to combat discrimination, said Starbucks Spokeswoman Jaime Riley, according to Politico. But the ADL will not help develop the curriculum for Starbucks’ May 29 mandatory anti-bias training, as was originally planned.

“When Starbucks asked for assistance, we agreed to help,” ADL Spokesman Todd Gutnick said, according to Politico. “As to whether Starbucks may or may not now want to utilize our expertise, you should ask them."

Riley said Starbucks did not drop the ADL from its mandatory anti-bias training because of political pressure.

"We are architecting a multi-phase approach to addressing bias,” Riley said in an email to Politico.

"We have a lot of amazing advisers, and we also realized this can't be a one-time thing," Riley told Politico. "The training on [May] 29 can't be the beginning and end."

Black Lives Matter activists immediately criticized Starbucks including the ADL, according to Politico.

“The ADL is CONSTANTLY attacking black and brown people,” Women’s March organizer Tamika Mallory tweeted, according to Politico. “This is a sign that they are tone deaf and not committed to addressing the concerns of black folk.”

Mallory had called for a boycott of Starbucks in April after learning the coffee company was including the ADL in its anti-bias training.

Politico reported that the Washington chapter of Black Lives Matter tweeted that the ADL was "ultra pro-cop."

In February, Mallory attended a speech by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in which he said, “the Jews have control over" the FBI. the Nation of Islam has been designated a hate group by the SPLC.

Cat Brooks, Co-Founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project said in April she agreed that the ADL should not be included in the anti-bias training.

"You can't be a piece of an anti-bias training when you openly support a racist, oppressive and brutal colonization of Palestine," said Brooks, according to KGO-TV.

In 2016 the largest coalition of Black Lives Matter groups took a strong anti-Israel stance and issued a statement which said, "Israel is an apartheid state with over 50 laws on the books that sanction discrimination against the Palestinian people."

The anti-bias training was announced following the arrest of two black men at a Starbucks in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson made PR announcements about apologizing to the men, who said they were waiting for a business associate when police asked them to leave the restaurant because they hadn’t purchased anything.

Johnson will shut 8,000 stores for a day to train his employees on unconscious bias.

His broad and very public statements have made it clear that in the future, police should not be called to remove anyone from a Starbucks, anywhere, ever again unless it was a very extreme situation.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross apologized to the men and the entire city for not understand that “everybody knew” that you didn’t have buy something to stay in a Starbucks all day long, something that not everybody does know.

Commissioner Ross announced that a new policy was going into effect that would ensure police “don’t get manipulated by any employee into extracting anyone from a business that shouldn’t be.”

Two men who were arrested will receive paid college educations and an undisclosed financial sum from Starbucks, the company announced on Wednesday.

In addition to the financial settlement, Starbucks said they would have “continued listening and dialogue between the parties and specific action and opportunity,” The Washington Post reported.

In an agreement with the city, separate of the payday from Starbucks, the city of Philadelphia agreed to pay Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson $1 each, and granted their request that the city provide $200,000 in funding to assist the city’s young entrepreneurs, FOX News reported.

The men will not receive any money from the grant, which was described as being a “pilot program for city public high school students with aspirations of becoming entrepreneurs,” city officials said in a statement, according to FOX News.

The city also agreed to have Nelson and Robinson involved in the development of a committee that would distribute the grant funds, and asked the men and their attorneys to submit ideas to the city solicitor regarding other ways Philadelphia could promote equality, The Washington Post reported.

“Messrs. Nelson and Robinson have decided not to pursue a lawsuit against the City," the statement read, according to FOX News. “Instead, they approached the City and agreed to release the City and its employees from any and all claims for a payment of $1...to each of them.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he was glad to have the potential lawsuit resolved.

“Rather than spending time, money, and resources to engage in a potentially adversarial process, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson approached the City and invited us to partner with them in an attempt to make something positive come of this,” Kenney said on Wednesday.

According to ABC News, the men’s fully-funded college education opportunity will be provided through Starbucks’ partnership with Arizona State University.

"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," Robinson said of the settlements. "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."

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LEO0301
LEO0301

Love it. If all goes according to plan Starbucks will go the way of Applebees and Sears. Why anyone would pay their hard earned money for shitty coffee that costs too much is beyond me.

Iowa48
Iowa48

I want to commend Starbucks for helping to solve some of the homeless issues with their formalization of their policy of opening their stores for just "hanging out." Pretty sure they've solved some of the homeless problem, as the homeless can now take up residence indefinitely inside all of the Starbucks, without any interference from the police. This will have an added benefit to the community, as it will open up a lot of space for pedestrians to use the sidewalks unimpeded; a win-win as it were. And we should see substantially less used hypodermic syringes discarded in the parks, as now the junkies can all shoot up in the Starbucks' restrooms whenever they like. No purchase necessary. Bravo Starbucks. Bravo.

Iowa48
Iowa48

After the debacle at the Philadelphia Starbucks, does anybody think there are any police chiefs in America that will allow their officers to respond to a trespass situation at any Starbucks? They would be opening themselves, their departments and their officers to all sorts of civil lawsuits and liability. It would be reckless, if not stupid to respond to Starbucks on a trespass after the company has established this precedent as company policy.

Code911
Code911

Maybe if some of these young blacks who have never experienced real life and work should sit down with their grandparents and parents and ask them how the older black community leaders and political leaders achieved so many advances against bigotry and racism. They did it without creating violence or the destruction of property in their communities that is an everyday occurrence. This younger generation have the brains to think and create but they don't use them, they have the energy and stamina to correct the deterioration of their communities foundations but they chose violence and destruction of their neighbor's property, they go to college but they chose to ignore the wisdom of their elders and chose" to cherry pick" their studies and fall victim to those faux intellects that "indoctrinate" as opposed to providing analytical skills and interpretative reasoning for the obstacles of life that will be thrown at them. They could be productive citizens but they choose to live with all the "freebies" government can give them. It will be too late when they realize that the resources for their "freebies" come at the expense of their own relatives, their friends and neighbors and "the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow" has gone dry. They are creating an astmosphere and environment of confrontation i They will reap what they sow.

Betts122
Betts122

Starbucks should keep the ADL in their up coming anti bias day long training. BLM doesn't want the ADL because they are pro cop. Yet, Tamika Mallory can attend
a speech by a radical racist Louis Farrakhan, who called for the death of 10,000 whites in one of his hate speeches two years ago. Yet Mallory and BLM openly support Palestinians who are led by terrorist group Hamas! These people are hypocrites and racist.