According to Starbucks On May 29th, they will close their company-owned stores in the US to conduct racial-bias training in order to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion and prevent discrimination so everyone feels safe and welcome at Starbucks.

The curriculum will be developed with guidance from national and local experts, including Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Heather McGhee, president of Demos; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and Jonathan Greenblatt, ceo of ADL – Anti-Defamation League. The training will impact nearly 175,000 partners (employees) across the country, and will become core to the orientation process for new partners. These experts will hold us accountable by monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the measures we undertake.

We’re ashamed and recognize that racial bias is a problem we need to–and will–address.

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