The Starbucks coffee shop chain made a lot of people jittery when Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz proposed that his ubiquitous locations become gathering places for discussions about race. He further suggested that employees kick things off by writing “Race Together” on customer’s beverage cups.
Reaction to the idea has been swift and not very kind. A spokesman said Sunday that the coffee chain’s diversity and racial equality initiative will continue without the handwritten messages, but what is a good forum for a conversation about race? And is that even a good idea?
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