The small group of protesters entered several Phoenix Starbucks inner cities on April 21, accusing the company of being racist following the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia store.
BrieAnna Frank / The Republic
A A small group of protesters made their way to several locations in downtown Phoenix Starbucks on Saturday afternoon, accusing the company of being racist and encouraging customers to join them Spend money elsewhere.
The protest was a response to the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks store last week.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson said they were waiting in the store for a potential business partner and asking a barista if they would like to order something.
They refused and shortly after, police officers saw the shop enter. The officers finally arrested her.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said the incident did not reflect the mission and values of the brand.
"I say the circumstances were reprehensible for the incident and the outcome in our business on Thursday," he said. "You were wrong, and I personally apologize to the gentlemen who visited our store."
A group of about seven protesters, including local activist Jarrett Maupin, a protest organizer, gathered at the brand's location in First and Taylor Streets on Arizona State University's Phoenix campus.
They held up signs saying, "No Racism No Profiling", "#NotOneMoreSip" and "Tall, Grande, Venti, Trenta, racism is wrong in every size." They chanted similar phrases in a peaceful protest outside the shop before entering the coffee shop.
The small group of protesters blocks the switch on Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo: BrieAnna J. Frank)
"They are not the the only company doing these things, but if they do … we need to set a sure example so it will not happen again, "said demonstrator Katt McKinney.
Mckinney said, racial profiles of minority customers by large corporations are a widespread topic that they hope will be mitigated by protests.
"This has been going on for hundreds of years, it has not just started recently," Mckinney said.
& # 39; no black money for Starbucks & # 39;  After about 10 minutes, protesters rushed into the store and moved to the counter while continuing their chants and reproaching Starbucks with racist profiles.
A protester asked an employee if the group allowed to use the toilet. The clerk said they could use the bathroom if they needed it.
The songs of "No Black Bucks for Starbucks" and "Racism is Wrong in Any Size" continued for several minutes before Maupin began to make statements about the incident in Philadelphia The company's decision to attend a morning session next month because of racist bias.
Starbucks is trying to schedule a racist-charged outcry over the arrest of two black men at one of the stores in Philadelphia, on May 29, 2018, for more than 8,000 US stores close several hours to carry out racist training for its nearly 175,000 workers. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)
According to Maupin, the demonstrators responded by saying, "One day is not enough."
Several protesters came forward with their own complaints about the Philadelphia incident and the company as a whole. One man asked if two white women had been arrested if they had been in the store for a short time or used the bathroom without making a purchase.
McKinney noted that no black employees were working at this Starbucks location.
They encourage us to come here and meet us, sit down and relax and read the paper and do those things, but it's obvious after this phone call (the 911 call released by the Philadelphia incident) they do not want to that black people do that in their facility, "said Mckinney.
Maupin said they would continue to boycott the chain until Starbucks "does it right."
"We do not order a damn thing," said Maupin. "I want a venti cup of conscience, and they can not serve it, they do not serve conscience, they do not serve character, they do not serve morality."
He said that racial incidents could be reduced if Starbucks had more diversity in his leadership and leadership.
"I would prefer the structure of Starbucks to what a company like America looks like," Maupin said. They look like a (Klu Klux) Klan Rallye.
Protesters mocked reporters' questions about why they chose ASU Starbucks and said they had planned to protest against other sites.
They said that white Starbucks customers are the company's actions They also told a black Fox-10 reporter that she had only one job in the company because of Fox's former boycott.
Is One Day For Racist Prejudice Training Enough?
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Maupin leads the group on Saturday, April 21, 2018, through downtown Phoenix. (Photo: BrieAnna J. Frank)
They entered the shop with their signs. In the midst of the heat McKinney asked a barista for water bottles, which the employee provided for free.
McKinney asked the baristas if they had black colleagues, and the women answered that they did, even though they did not. I have shifts this day.
Apart from some interactions with Baristas, the protesters were not nearly as loud as in bustling downtown ASU.
After about 10 minutes, the protesters again went looking for another Starbucks to voice their message, saying they would not stop until what they saw as racial injustices in the company was resolved.
The company is scheduled to close all racially motivated training sites on the afternoon of May 29th.
ASU professor Neal Lester – who has taught implicit prejudices for businesses, community groups and educators for years – said the company's plan to work on unconscious bias is "admirable" and "certainly a starting point".
In an interview earlier this week with The Arizona Republic Lester repeated concerns of the protesters. He said that there would be no permanent changes on a single day of training. Starbucks "burns a fire and does not respond to what caused the fire".
According to Lester, the training in May should not only receive the treatment that customers receive from employees, but also examine whether the company's policies could encourage bias.
Reporter Maria Polletta has contributed to this story
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