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Why “Racial Bias Education” Is a Fucking Waste of Time

Starbucks isn’t wasting time to demonstrate acute commitment to surviving the national outrage that has erupted after two Black men were arrested at a location in Philly — for simply “sitting while Black.”

The craziness was captured on video by a White woman who promptly posted the evidence — that expectedly garnered a shitload of views. As shocking at it is to witness the act of racism on display with no filters — it’s also comfortingly validating to have something so vile — receive the level of attention it’s rarely afforded.

Black people are subjected to various forms of racism on a daily basis — and the treatment can be administered with subtle venom or righteous blatancy.

It’s a chore spending virtually all hours of the day — paying close attention to what White people say to you while also efficiently translating the real meaning behind a blanketed insult —that was delivered with the “coating” of a compliment.

And then there’s the attack from those who feel entitled enough to invade your space — all for the pleasure of demeaning your worth with the reminder of their superiority — which they expect you to inherently respond to — whenever the occasion arises.

Like the White woman and her son who assaulted two Black women at a restaurant in Macon, Georgia over a damn parking issue. The old lady cursed up a storm — lunged several times at the soldiers-in-uniform (one of them was pregnant) — and also made sure to include the words “black bitches” in her incoherent rant.

I’ve also endured my fair share of unwarranted provocations from White people — specifically White women — who at times feel the urge to put me in my place — for reasons that are never clear. From the weirdly directed comments in the locker room of Equinox to the odd stares from far and near — and of course the infuriating assumption that as a Black woman — it’s my duty to step aside — in an effort to allow White women to seamlessly walk by — the battle to be sane while Black — is neverending.

The latest controversy that has befallen one of the world’s most popular coffee house will slowly but surely simmer down. And while the foam eventually dissolves into the brew — there will be more than enough stirrers to incite a new brand of chaos — because that’s the American Way.

That’s why the recent announcement about shutting down more than 8,000 locations in May — in order to conduct “a racial bias eduction” for employees — is not only the dumbest idea ever — but it will also prove to be a fucking waste of time.

The manager who called the cops on the two Black men who had the audacity to occupy a sliver of space in the cafe without ordering a damn thing — agreed to be let go — and while that might seem like somewhat of a victory — as a Black person — it doesn’t mean shit.

She will most likely learn nothing from this experience and will definitely continue to play the role of victim — as she recovers from this harrowing experience by garnering a better job than the one she had before — where she will be hailed as the resident hero.

The notion that there is such a thing as a “racial bias education” — is utterly unacceptable.

How do you “train” or “motivate” a group of people to conform to a mindset that should be organically-inclined? And furthermore — how can you be certain that the results will be satisfactory enough to ensure that Black people visiting your establishment will never get treated like shit again.

Regardless of race or creed — we can all agree that it’s virtually impossible to convince those who are stubbornly biased to consider a change of heart — particularly since the current climate seems to be encouraging abhorrent behavior towards Black people in ways that are pervasive and deadly.

Starbucks can seek the guidance of pros (Eric Holder, Sherrilyn Ifill)— who seem to possess the superpowers required to add legitimacy to proposed lifesaving program s— but all that will be achieved is the written word that documents how a temporarily battered company — managed to recover from a PR nightmare.

In the meantime — the recruitment of racist baristas all over the country will never cease — and Black people will always have to think twice before making plans to meet up at the nearby Starbucks — because it could end up costing way more than the over-priced cup of coffee that actually tastes a lot like roasted dirt.

Racial disharmony in America is an ongoing disease without a cure because of the willfully minded bigots — who are unapologetic in their beliefs and unreasonably reckless with their privileged status — which they wield with authority each time a Black person dares to threaten their space.

No White person can fathom what it’s like to be a citizen of a country that voted for a president who not only hates Black people — but also praises the efforts of those who boldly declare their hatred with pride and prejudice.

No White person can possibly imagine how it feels to accommodate the reality of “training sessions” that are assigned to help guide the vulnerability of adults — who tend to detest the very thought of your existence — so they can be ceremoniously programmed to “tolerate” you a little bit better than before.

In order to take this shit seriously — we have to get down and dirty — and dispense with logistical fodder and carefully drafted statements — by embracing the ugliness of our terminal illness with the understanding that the prognosis will not improve — unless we stop being Black and White.

Global brands can’t justifiably pay their way out of the complications that arise when they’re right smack in the middle of a crisis — that was borne from the bosom of the oldest and most trifling legacy — that couldn’t exist without the supremacy of a people who don’t have to order a Skinny Vanilla Latte to stay out of a jail cell.

Let that simmer.

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