Starbucks to close United States stores for bias training on Tuesday

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It also ran as a full-page ad in the New York Times, USA Today and two Philadelphia papers. He also pointed out that, with such a large company, and with so many employees who may be replaced within the next couple of years, one afternoon won't be "moving the needle" on these issues.

Starbucks will close more than 8,000 company-owned stores on Tuesday afternoon for racial-bias education training.

The incident sparked protests and hurt Starbucks' reputation, but its pledge to close stores while it trained its employees on racial bias is "unprecedented", said Heather McGhee, president of left-leaning think tank Demos and who provided pro bono advice to Starbucks about the training. "Starbucks is a company built on nurturing the human spirit, and it's on us to harness our scale and expertise to do right by the communities we serve".

Most of the company's 7,000 licensed stores, such as those operated by major grocery stores, hotels, universities and airports, are expected to remain open. And, you know, it's part of a very, very long story about African-Americans and public accommodations and how we are treated in public spaces. The men were arrested after a manager called police on them for trespassing while they waited on a friend to join them to order.

"Discussing racism and discrimination is not easy, and various people have helped us create a learning experience that we hope will be educational, participatory and make us a better company", Schultz said in the letter.

The entire session will last four hours, the Associated Press reported. One of those changes is that Starbucks will allow people who have not purchased any beverages or food items from the store to use its bathrooms and sit inside. And in this - and retail establishments.

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As for her role in the training, Ifill said her goal was to ensure "that what they do undertake is rigorous and is likely to produce real results".

A customer at a San Marco Starbucks, Brandon Williams, said the Philadelphia incident was troubling.

"May 29 isn't a solution, it's a first step", he said.

Anti-bias training is meant to get participants to recognize their own unconscious biases and avoid unintentional discrimination.

This will mark only the second time that Starbucks has closed all locations for training efforts.

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