Starbucks encourages its baristas to chat with customers about race relations

Hi, welcome to Starbucks! Would you like your coffee black, or privileged?

Beginning on Monday, Starbucks baristas will have the option as they serve customers to hand cups on which they’ve handwritten the words “Race Together” and start a discussion about race.

You’ve got to be kidding me. People don’t come to Starbucks to chat it up with the person making them coffee. They come to…wait for it…get coffee. That’s it. These people have become masters of the absurd. Do they realize how utterly ridiculous they appear to normal people?

Just serve the coffee.

13 thoughts on “Starbucks encourages its baristas to chat with customers about race relations

  1. Bryan Caskey

    Why do blacks in the U.S. commit such a disproportionately large portion of the violent crimes in the U.S.?

    And could I also have a cherry scone with my coffee, please?

    1. Dave Crockett

      Your honor, if it please the court…

      Um. That is the proper use of the apostrophe, is it not? No possession implied.

      “Does this mean it’s probably not a good idea to order their blonde roast?” translates to “Does this mean it is probably not a good idea to order their blonde roast?” as a contraction.

      1. Bryan Caskey Post author

        Kathryn was referring to my previously incorrect use of “it’s” in the title of the post, which I have subsequently corrected.

        However, you are awarded 10 points to Gryffindor for an appropriate legal reference.

  2. Bryan Caskey Post author

    I just checked, and it does not appear there are any Starbucks locations in Ferguson, MO. That’s probably a good thing.

  3. Doug Ross

    The capacity for liberals to do meaningless things to feel good about themselves is unbounded.

    Considering the factual evidence of the Olympic track and field events over the past eight decades, if we are going to Race Together, black people are going to have to slow down to let us catch up.

  4. Harry Harris

    Seems kinda naive to me to attempt to spur discussion about a complex issue into sound-byte, severely-limited time. Rather than encouraging short pooling of ignorance discussions, why don’t they underwrite a media series featuring some fact-based reporting and panels of informed guests to present and discus diverse opinions and positions. The popular news media devotes such short segments to difficult subjects that it almost reinforces our short attention span and encourages intellectual laziness. A strong, updated PBS style “Race in America” series might be a better way to spur discussion than interrupting someone’s coffee break.

  5. Barry

    A really silly attempt to grab some headlines.

    Sure, I want to talk about race with random strangers knowing that if they possibly disagree with me, I’ll be called hateful names- at best.



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