Howard Schultz on Civil Rights
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
Government for the people means exactly that. It means a government that prioritizes the security, the prosperity, and liberty of every American citizen. It means no interest comes before the people's interest. Ladies and Gentlemen, that includes political parties. Government by the people means that citizens are in charge of politicians, not the other way around.
One board member wrote, "It is one thing for a person of color to take up this cause. It is another for a global corporation to deal with this issue head on." She noted that, despite my good intentions, I was not in possession of moral authority on this issue. So, I knew there would be people who felt uncomfortable.
I envisioned that a cup inscribed with "Race Together"--followed by the reading guide--would have similar effects in our stores. I was wrong. The tweets came at us like fastballs:
"We realize that four hours of training is not going to solve racial inequity in America," Schultz told CNN last week. But he said, "We need to have the conversation. We need to start."
Schultz has addressed race before. After the police shooting death of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, Starbucks asked baristas to write "Race Together" on coffee cups in hopes of starting conversations. "It's not going to solve racism, but I do believe it is the right thing to do at this time," Schultz said at the time.
"Many shared personal experiences & offered ideas about how to move the conversation, our company & our country forward. People spoke with such conviction and vulnerability. Everyone demonstrated compassion and personal courage. The Forum was at times uncomfortable, yet overall it was enlightening. It provided many of us, myself included, with a deeper understanding around issues of race and the realities facing our country.
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