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911 caller accused of racial bias after police search Native American teens

911 caller accused of racial bias after police search Native American teensThe mother of two Native American teens removed from a Colorado State University tour by campus police says her sons are the victims of racial profiling. A woman in their tour group called 911 because she thought the boys were acting suspiciously. Jericka Duncan reports.



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Starbucks to close 8,000 branches for afternoon of racial bias training after discrimination row

Starbucks to close 8,000 branches for afternoon of racial bias training after discrimination row  Starbucks will close more than 8,000 US stores for an afternoon of racial bias training after the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia branch triggered claims of discrimination.  Almost 175,000 workers will go through training on May 29, the company announced on Tuesday after footage of the arrest made headlines.  Kevin Johnson, the Starbucks CEO, said the move was just “one step” in the company’s “journey” to improve and understand “what we did wrong”.  Footage of the arrest taken by other customers had gone viral in recent days and prompted a slew of negative headlines for the company.  The two black men had been waiting for a friend when they were asked to leave by staff. There are reports one or both of the men asked to use the restroom without buying anything.  An employee called the police before the men's friend arrived and argued with officers  as they applied handcuffs, saying: “You can’t discriminate.” Other customers are heard criticising the police.  The pair were arrested and held for eight hours before being released with no charge, according to their attorney.  The incident triggered protests, with critics holding posters saying “shame on you Starbucks” and “too little too latté”.  Protestors demonstrate inside a Center City Starbucks, where two black men were arrested, in Philadelphia Credit: REUTERS/Mark Makela Mr Johnson gave interviews saying he wanted to “personally apologise” over the arrests and also met the two men to say sorry face-to-face.  He told ABC News: "The circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome in our store on Thursday were reprehensible… they were wrong." On Tuesday, Mr Johnson said in a statement: “I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it.  Starbucks's US stores will close on May 29 Credit: AP Photo/Lisa Poole “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.” The training on May 29 will “address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome”.  Starbucks has more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States which are all closing.  



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Starbucks arrests highlights disparity of racial experiences

Starbucks arrests highlights disparity of racial experiencesA viral video shows two African American men being arrested in a Starbucks after a manager claims they trespassed by not buying anything and sitting in the store. Kwame Jackson, an entrepreneur and businessman, called it evidence of a “humanity gap.”



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Starbucks faces social media backlash over tepid apology for alleged racial profiling

Starbucks faces social media backlash over tepid apology for alleged racial profilingCell phone video captured a bewildered man at Starbucks this week asking Philadelphia police why they were arresting his two black friends.  Onlookers said there didn't appear to be a reason for the arrest. The men were simply sitting at the coffee shop, waiting for their business associate — the aforementioned bewildered man — to show up before placing their orders. SEE ALSO: The tech talent gap is real. Increased diversity is the solution. Now, Starbucks has confirmed that the incident was a mistake, and "are disappointed this led to an arrest." The three-sentence apology, however, is short on details or a even just a blunt admission of guilt. The company did not reply to Mashable's request for more details at the time of this publication.  We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/suUsytXHks — Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 14, 2018 On April 12, a Twitter user posted a 45-second video of the arrest online, in which she commented: "All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing." @Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci — Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018 The "same thing," specifically, is waiting for a friend or sitting at Starbucks before ordering a drink. This is obviously common in many Starbucks scenarios, as Starbucks is one of the nation's most popular meeting places.  As the company states on its website: Details are still lacking, but it appears a Starbucks employee may have called the police on the two black men who — according to Commissioner Richard Ross — didn't leave the establishment after they were refused access to the bathroom because they weren't paying customers. In the tweeted statement, Starbucks apologized to the two customers. It's unlikely such a public apology would have occurred if Starbucks wasn't directly responsibly for the arrest. It's also unlikely that Starbucks would have been forced to publicly apologize for the event had the video of the wrongful arrest not been published to social media. It became an issue they couldn't ignore.  As of 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on April 14, the Twitter video has accumulated nearly four million views and the social media conversation around it continues. How revealing that a @Starbucks employee, who works in a place where people spend hours sitting around using the wifi and tapping away on their laptops with or without coffee, gets alarmed enough to call the cops just because black men enter the space and don’t order right away. t.co/pdzXYfMc09 — Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 14, 2018 You'll notice that nowhere in this "apology" was an admission of wrongdoing. Starbucks doesn't think the employees were wrong to call the cops on those men, they're just sorry the men got arrested over it. t.co/wcE6s20lwk — EricaJoy (@EricaJoy) April 14, 2018 This is an example of saying a lot but saying nothing. Who called the cops, why did they call the cops, why were the black men targeted for minding their business. I have been to starbucks all over the country 50% of people there not doing nothing but chilling. Need better answer t.co/SdfDHSxK0C — Robert Littal (@BSO) April 14, 2018 It took Starbucks two days to issue a paragraph. — Mohamed Salih (@MohamedMOSalih) April 14, 2018 WATCH: NASA needs you to send them pictures of clouds



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DeVos joins debate on racial inequities in school discipline

DeVos joins debate on racial inequities in school disciplineWASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday entered a heated national debate on racial disparities in school discipline, meeting with educators as a government watchdog said in a report that African-American students continue to be punished more often than their peers.



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Betsy DeVos Mulls The Fate Of Guidance Designed To Reduce Racial Bias In Schools

Betsy DeVos Mulls The Fate Of Guidance Designed To Reduce Racial Bias In SchoolsEducation Secretary Betsy DeVos met with a group of civil rights leaders,



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Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Can't Say If Racial Bias Exists In The Justice System

Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Can't Say If Racial Bias Exists In The Justice SystemWASHINGTON ― The Senate voted Thursday to advance one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, Michael Brennan, who spent his confirmation hearing dodging questions about whether racial bias exists in the criminal justice system.



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'I Feel Horrible.' Former University of Alabama Student Apologies After Using Racial Slur in Video

'I Feel Horrible.' Former University of Alabama Student Apologies After Using Racial Slur in VideoShe was also kicked out of the Alpha Phi sorority



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Joe Arpaio, pardoned racial profiler, to run for Arizona Senate seat

Joe Arpaio, pardoned racial profiler, to run for Arizona Senate seatJoe Arpaio likely to face a crowded Republican field to succeed Trump critic Senator Jeff Flake. Controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio announced on Tuesday that he would run for the United States Senate in Arizona.



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Trump tweets 'thank you' to head of group accused of illegal political activity, racial bias

Trump tweets 'thank you' to head of group accused of illegal political activity, racial biasTrump’s commendation of Charlie Kirk comes on the heels of the New Yorker report which suggests that the nonprofit Turning Points may have violated campaign finance laws with its involvement in political activity during the 2016 presidential election and has been accused of creating a racially biased work environment.



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