World News #13 – Buy Together (Race)
“Colorlines, a news website published by Race Forward, tried to talk to Starbucks about race at Starbucks — but the company wouldn’t engage with them, a reporter said.
“They have not responded to me at all,” Aura Bogado, a reporter there, told VICE News. “I don’t know why Starbucks didn’t respond to me, but when Colorlines, which is the news site where race matters, reaches out to a corporation that says that it wants workers to talk about race, it might be a good idea to respond. That silence is really troubling.”
Bogado wanted to ask Starbucks about racial and pay diversity at its executive levels, all the way down to the coffee bars. Instead she crunched the numbers herself from Starbucks data, and found that 16 percent of the company’s top leaders — and 40 percent of its hourly workers — are are people of color. About 65 percent of Starbucks hourly workers are women.”
– Vice News, Race Together’ Critics Tell Starbucks to Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is.
“If Starbucks really wants to have a discussion on race, it needs to be between white people only. #RaceTogether doesn’t need black people sharing their views on race. Black people are tired of educating whites about race. There are an infinite number of studies available that articulate the racism we experience, the most recent being the Ferguson report outlining how the city discriminates against its own people, using racist policing to generate revenue for its annual budget. Essentially, Ferguson officials treat black residents like field hands and jail them when they can’t pay the fees. The only conversation I’m sure Ferguson residents want to have is with a city official who will dismiss their trumped-up traffic fines and offer them financial compensation for their ill treatment.”
– Alternet, Dear Starbucks: Black People Do Not Need to Participate in #RaceTogether.
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