On Tuesday, Starbucks announced that the company is going to close over 8,000 stores across the United States next month “to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores.”
The announcement from Starbucks comes after a video went viral last Thursday that showed two black males getting arrested in a store in Philadelphia. In response, social justice warriors launched a boycott of Starbucks and the company has now decided to close thousands of store locations next month to conduct “racial-bias education.”
The closing of more than 8,000 stores across the U.S. on May 29 will provide training to approximately 175,000 Starbucks’ employees.
“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 CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.
“While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution,” Johnson continued. “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.”