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The incident in a Philadelphia Starbucks, where two black men were arrested while waiting for a white friend, is new to their coverage, but African Americans say this type of treatment is not new.
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Starbucks will take a dramatic step toward ethnic reconciliation on Tuesday, with 8,000 stores across the country for An afternoon anti-bias training will be closed.

Up to 180,000 Employees The Starbucks stores and headquarters provide training on a "toolkit" that will "focus on understanding prejudice and the history of public housing in the United States." Starbucks also said, "Fu The training will cover" all aspects of bias and experience. "

Business will be closed for three hours from 1 pm or 2 pm throughout the US

Training will follow a case in April at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia, where a manager called the police for two African-American men quietly waiting for a friend, their complaint: they did not buy anything, and employees denied using a toilet The police arrested the couple for trespassing, but they were later released without charge and Starbucks and police apologized. More: Starbuck's racially motivated training will include rapper common, many dialogues

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Protesters march in the Philadelphia store and shout "A lot of racism, a lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black" The incident came to light, CEO Kevin Johnson directed the anti-racial bias training session.

The sessions are scheduled to start after the lunch storm, but the training will be expensive, with some experts appreciating the company costing more than $ 12 million in lost profit alone.

The Trainin Media are closed. Starbucks gives a media preview of the meeting in New York and the opportunity to speak with a select few employees. The company's plan to protect meetings from outsiders, including members of the media, is not uncommon and can actually help the company achieve its goals.

"An important part of discussing sensitive issues such as race, class, gender, and sexuality is to create safe spaces for open dialogue, and you can not achieve that goal when people outside of exercise disturb these safe spaces," Dr. Nsenga K. Burton is an expert on the marriage of race, class, gender and sexuality and media, and chairman of Mass Media at Clark Atlanta University. "The presence of people who are like members of the media outside of the diversity training process changes the group dynamics and may result in some members sharing less or receiving needed information, thereby undermining the purpose of the training."

For the first time, the cafe chain has tried to deal with the subject of race. Three years ago, the then CEO, today's CEO, Howard Schultz lectured throughout the country to discuss the race, and invited the US TODAY to participate.

"Whether we admit it or not, we all have unconscious prejudices," Schultz said at the 2015 California American American Museum convention in Los Angeles.

He launched the campaign in response to race disputes in Ferguson, Mo., saying he felt "we had to do something." That there would be no ignoring or bystander. The sessions included an open conversation of staff about their own encounters with race and prejudice.

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