Community Leaders Call For Equality Outside Center City Starbucks

Shara Dae Howard
April 16, 2018 - 9:34 pm
Community leaders rallying outside Starbucks at 18th and Spruce

Credit: Holli Stephens

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - Councilman Kenyatta Johnson joined community leaders outside the Center City Starbucks to address the racially charged incident that happened there last week.

Johnson and Minister Rodney Muhammad spoke passionately at the interfaith rally outside of a Starbucks on 18th and Spruce where two African American men were arrested for trespassing.

They called what happened a clear case of racial profiling. 

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Johnson says besides diversity training, he demands the company take on a policy of equality.

"They need to let the people of Philadelphia and the nation know that they care about all human beings."

Muhammad drew parallels between past racial divides in America and current racial tensions.

"This event shows the same model exists in western civilization," he says. "We have a lot of work in front of us."

After meeting with city officials, Starbucks executives confirm they will proceed with company-wide unconscious bias training, among other steps to prevent similar events in the future.