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Starbucks case highlights need to continue fight against discrimination

Apr 21,2018 - Last updated at Apr 21,2018

The case of the two “black Americans” who were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks coffee shop on April 12 caught my attention for two basic reasons: One is the reference to “unconscious bias” as the reason why the coffee shop called the police who handcuffed the two persons and escorted them out of the shop. 

Unconscious bias is a new way of looking at discrimination on the basis of deep rooted and perhaps at the subconscious level that lingers on in people’s attitudes and perceptions towards others be that on the basis of race, colour, religion, ethnicity or whatever.

This form of discrimination is almost impossible to combat, much less defeat, as people no matter how much one tries are discriminating by nature and  develop certain  stereotype images of others on a variety of grounds. 

It is impossible to brainwash people to remove all traces of discrimination and the most that can be done is to contain and combat it. Eradication of all aspects of discrimination is impossible.

   The Starbucks incident invites other issues for consideration on the top of which are the issues of fact. What really happened is critical to the final determination of the complaint. Coffee shops , restaurants and the likes are open to “sell” their products and the space they have is intended for people who want to “buy” their products. The use of their space for socialising with others or waiting to meet other friends is not on the agenda of such shops.

 These places maintain toilets for their customers and not for the public. They are kept in the best of conditions for this purpose. No one can blame them for that!  

 Assuming that the two gentlemen in question were white, no one would have made a complaint. In other words, it is all good and fine if the two persons belonged to another race, as no one would have noticed  or made an issue of it. 

 In other words, the case of the complaint must rest on the proposition that the two men were asked to leave or refused access to the shop’s toilet is because of their colour. This has to be established before the case of discrimination and mistreatment because of race can be established one way or the other. 

Starbucks employs people of all races and serves peoples of all colours and backgrounds. It is a hard sell to collude that Starbucks was guilty of criminal discrimination when they called the police to have the two men escorted out of the shop. 

 Had Starbucks been a discriminatory enterprise, it would not have  hired any “black” or Latino or whatever person, much less refuse its services to them. 

 Other issues come to the fore. If there was an error done on that occasion, it was perpetrated by the police who handcuffed the two men and whisked them out of the shop. 

 Starbucks only complained to the police by dialing 911. It was the judgement of the police that led to the detention of the two persons.

One last point. Why keep on dividing “Americans” as either black Americans or white Americans or Latino  Americans or Arab Americans or  Jewish Americans. This sounds and looks wrong. 

 Americans are Americans no matter what their colour or religion or ethnicity is. Calling the two persons involved in the Starbucks case as “black Americans” is totally wrong. 

 They are Americans pure and simple and not black American or green Americans or red Americans, etc, etc. This would only perpetuate the “subconscious bias” that has become part and parcel of the American culture.

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TO ADD MORE AND ANSWER MR SADI'S QUESTIONS, NO COMPANY AND / OR ENTITY WILL / OR WANTS TO ADMIT BEING THE SO-CALLED DISCRIMINATORY ENTERPRISE SO CASE OF THE STARBUCKS IS NOT DIFFERENT FROM THE REAL WORLD TODAY. WHEN MR SAID SAID THAT STARBUCKS WAS NOT A DISCRIMINATORY ENTERPRISE BECAUSE THEY HIRED BLACKS AND LATINOS TO WORK FOR THEM IS AN INSULT BECAUSE BLACKS AND LATINOS ARE NOT ALL UNPRODUCTIVE AND INFERIOR CITIZENS. FIRST MR SAID SHOULD GET THE STATISTICS OF THE NUMBER OF BLACKS AND LATINOS THAT WORK FOR STARBUCKS, THEIR POSITIONS AND THE ZIP CODES WHERE THEY LIVE AND WORK. HOW MANY STARBUCKS LOCATIONS ARE IN THE BLACK AND LATINO AREAS IF ANY?. YOUR ARGUMENT AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL DYNAMICS IN WORLD SHOULD NOT BE LIMITTED TO OUR SO-CALLED LAWS OF JUSTICE OR INJUSTICES BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS FIND A WAY TI EVADE THEM. YES, THEIR SHOPS ARE FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS AND THEY HAVE THE RIGHTS OF DECIDING WHO USE THEM, WHEN AND HOW BUT THIS MUST BE UNIVERSALLY APPLICABLE. HOW WILL YOU LIKE IT IF YOU LIVE IN ONE ZIP CODE AND AS SUCH YOUR CHILDREN CAN NOT ATTEND SCHOOL IN ANOTHER ZIP CODE?. MR SAID, WE HIRE POLICE MEN AND WOMEN OR BOARDER CONTROL OFFICERS TO PROTECT US ALL AND YET SKEWED AND OUT OF CONTROL OF BLACKS AND LATINOS GET PULLED OVER FOR INSPECTIONS?. HOW WILL MR SAID EXPLAIN HOW A HARVARD SCHOOL PROFESSOR WHO HAPPENED TO BE BLACK CAME BACK TO HIS HOUSE AFTER VACATION BUT GOT ARRESTED AND HUMILIATED SIMPLY BECAUSE A RESIDENT IN THE AREA CALLED THE POLICE THAT SOMEONE WAS BREAKING INTO A HOUSE?. NOW THAT WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT AND NEW GOVERNMENT, CAN MR SAID TELL ME HOW MANY TIMES THAT MR OBAMA'S NAME HAS BEEN MENTIONED AS A PARAMETER FOR MEASUREMENT? MR SAID MAY ALSO JUSTIFY WHAT THE UNITED KINGDOM DID TO BLACK IMMIGRANTS WHO HAPPENED TO BE COMMONWEALTH CITIZENS THAT THEY REFUSED HEALTH INSURANCE, JOBS, AND ALL THE RIGHTS OF A CITIZEN JUST LIKE JORDAN REFUSES THE CHILDREN OF JORDANIAN MOTHERS MARRIED TO NON JORDANIAN MEN. AT LAST WHEN HER MAJESTY IS ABOUT TO RETIRE AS THE COMMONWEALTH LEADER, THE STORY IS OH! WHAT HAPPENED? IT WAS A MISTAKE BECAUSE OF THIS AND THAT? IF YOU ASK ME MY OPINION ABOUT STARBUCKS, I WILL SAY THAT ANY LAW ABIDING CITIZEN SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM THEM AND THEIR COFFEE SHOPS BECAUSE THE ONLY LANGUAGE THEY UNDERSTAND IS A HIT ON THEIR BOTTOM LINE. AS AN AMERICAN, WE ARE THE MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD AND THEREFORE MUST PROJECT A POSITIVE IMAGE BE IT THE FAIRNESS IN THE PEACE PROCESS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THE USE OF WAR MACHINES AGAINST ONE PARTY BUT NOT THE OTHER OR THE USE OF ANY FUZZY MATH IN ANY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS.

This article is a complete misrepresentation of what actually happened at this Starbucks outlet - poor and shoddy journalism.

BY THE WAY MR SADI, THERE ARE FEW IF ANY STARBUCKS IN THE PREDOMINENLY BLACK AREAS. THE STARBUCKS MANAGEMENT CAN NOT HONESTLY DENIE THAT THEY DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS STARBUCKS. THEY JUST GOT COUGHT IN THIS CASE. CAN THIS HAPPEN IN JORDAN????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

AS STATED IN THE ANIMAL FARM LITERATURE, ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS AND THE SAME APPLIES TO OUR SOCIETY TODAY WORLD WIDE. YES, WE STILL HAVE THIS CANCEROUS TUMOR IN OUR COUNTRY AND IT CAN ONLY TAKE AN ACT OF GOD TO PERFORM THE SURGICAL EXICION OF THIS TUMOR. EVEN AS I AGREE WITH THE WRITER, WE ARE STILL FAR BETTER THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO COLOR AND RELIGIOUS BLINDNESS BECAUSE WHEN YOU ARE COUGHT IN THE ACT, YOU WILL BE PUNISHED AS STARBUCKS WILL BE HELD TO ACCOUNT NOW. WE ARE ALSO SEGGREGATED AS A COUNTRY SINCE IN MOST CASES THE ZIP CODE IS THE FUNCTION OF WHO ARE EXPECTED TO LIVE IN MOST PLACES. HOWEVER, NOT OVER TEN YEARS AGO, UNITED KINGDOM CREATED A POLICY WHERE ANY MEMBER OF THE AXIS OF " S-HOLE " MUST PAY A DEPOSITE ENTRANCE VISA INTO UK EVEN THOUGH WE ARE AMONG THE COMMONWEALTH CITIZENS. AT ONE POINT IN MY LIFE AT QUEEN ALIA AIRPORT, I WAS HARASSED TO FIND OUT IF I AM INFACT A US CITIZEN. AT ONE POINT, I WAS DRIVING FROM HAMBOUGH TO FRANCE WHICH SHOULD NOT HAVE IMMIGRATION CHECK POINT BUT WAS STOPPED TO REQUEST OUR PASSPORTS WHICH DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENCE BECAUSE WE WERE DRIVING A RENTAL CAR AND INSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION. DURING MY UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES, MY ORGANIC CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR KICKED ME OUT OF HIS OFFICE WHEN I WENT TO HIM FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL APPLICATION RECOMMENDATION. BY THE WAY, THIS PROFESSOR THOUGHT ME ORGANIC CHEMISTRY ONE AND TWO ALL OF WHICH I GOT A'S. THANK GOD THAT I HAD A DEAN WHO REFUSED TO PUT UP WITH ANY OF THAT AND HE DEALT WITH THE PROFESSOR AND THE LIST GOES ON. DO NOT FORGET THE CODE WORDS OF THE LAW ENFORCEMEN AGENTS AT OUR BOARDERS AND HIGHWAYS "TWB, FWB". BY THIS, I MEAN TRAVELLING OR FLYING WHILE BLACK. THANKS MR SADI BUT THAT IS THE WORLD TODAD THAT OBEYS THE RULES ANND LAWS OF THE ANIMAL FARM.

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