|Starbucks sucks, but this racism is a cop problem. |
One feels lucky the cops did not shoot and kill
Great reporting around the country on the Starbucks-pissing-on-scary-black-people incident in Philly today, (CBS).
Starbucks' executive chairman Howard Schultz told CBS: "There's no doubt in my mind that the reason that they (police) were called was because they were African American."
Sure. But most analyses leave out a primary culprit: Philly police, (not the New York Times, by the way).
There's no doubt in my mind that the reason police were called is because cops can be counted on to give African Americans a hard time. Objective achieved.
It should be noted why the cops acted like they did, ultimately parading these two men out and down to the police station for being black at Starbucks.
Cops did not establish and were not willing to establish the following facts: Two men did nothing illegal, were meeting a friend, and waited 15 minutes for their friend until one of the guys took a leak. Any sixth grader could have gathered these facts.
Cops took at face value the white tactic of calling police, (happens all the time in the land of the free), after which police will predictably act mindlessly and in a best-case scenario take away someone's liberty and jail them for eight hours, or write a disorderly conduct citation.
Calling police is a white political tactic, and not just in Philly.
If cops had simply ascertained a white Starbucks scum-bag doesn't like black people, is afraid of black people, and wishes to hurt black people, then they could have explained the following to the Starbucks employees:
Raciology is ridiculous
Racism is ridiculous
Black people are human
Conclusion: Stop harassing black people, it's a mostly free country. And if you don't like it, go settle a white homeland in Utah.
Unless there is a consequence of docking employees and cops' salaries, better yet firing these idiots, for harassing these two men, this shit will continue.
This happens because cops back up anyone harassing black people or the target of the moment, presumed guilty. Starbucks surely sucks. But so do cops.
From Twitter, #Starbuckswhileblack
What incident are they talking about? There was no incident that needed to be handled. There were two customers waiting for their friend. The only incident was the idiots calling the police on them. #Starbucks #starbuckswhileblack pic.twitter.com/qLtz5zoxEV— esther c (@PortlandEsther) April 14, 2018
Take your employees to jail for 9 hours as part of the training. Let them feel what a cowardly, racist call to police results in. #StarbucksWhileBlack— Thomas E. C. Barclay (@tecbarclay) April 15, 2018
Underemphasized detail in the #StarbucksWhileBlack debacle is that 7 officers showed up to handle a non-issue in a wealthy downtown district. https://t.co/HbpC7ANLbZ— Max M. Marin (@MaxMMarin) April 15, 2018