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Showing posts with label Howard Schultz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Howard Schultz. Show all posts

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ingraham Back On Fox News Delivering The Propaganda Against Starbbucks

Laura Ingraham is back on Fox News after her version of the "OOOPS" my advertisers are dropping me Fox News (non-previously announced) vacation.

Ingraham's segment related to immigration didn't go so well.  We do not have the full segment but the following Media Matters clip is poignant. While I question the judgment of attacking her based on her big misstep with David Hogg (advertiser protest), the guest's response to her challenge against him was newsworthy.

Ingraham is one step ahead of past former Fox News host who took incident induced vacations. Megyn Kelly returned from her "White Santa; white Jesus" remarks. Bill O'Reilly on another hand didn't; return from his sexual allegations (and payout scandal) induced vacation.

If you have a few minutes to spare, take a look and listen to Ingraham introducing typical Fox News demagoguery related the Starbucks incident which occurred a few days ago. She goes on a Fox News (business model) like criticism of the need for Starbucks to right the wrongs associated with its store managers handling of two African-American men sitting in the store. 

Starbucks is not a racist corporation by any measure. In fact, Starbucks Chairman, Howard Schultz, is a well-documented supporter of racist tolerance and diversity. No the problem with the Starbucks racially charged episodes is the very same problem as infests many across the nation: bias, bigotry and learned racism from parents and social settings (including schools). 

Ingraham focused on how Starbucks is (implied) bending over backward to avoid allegations of racism.  Well, I have to know Ingraham also saw this slip of another racists episode via a Starbucks store manager.

Starbucks as a people problem, but it wouldn't be wise to place the corporation on the same shelf with far-right, and very public privately owned corporations which have been known to practice regressive and non-inclusive policies.  

All said, the latter clip would to fit Ingraham's mission at Fox News.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A National Problem We Are Not Addressing (Racism)

Most who visit here avoid race-related posts. We Will never fail to offer such posts. True liberals do what is right. 

On a much more individual level.

The Root and other social media have published posts regarding an attempted killing in Michigan which clearly shows the extent of danger in deep and seething racism.

Jeffrey Ziegler, Michigan resident, Charged with attempted murder
Young Michigan teen who missed his school bus made the mistake of seeking directions from an obvious racist family.
“Why are you trying to break into my house?”
“I was trying to explain [...] that I wanted to get directions to go to my school,” said Brennan. Fourteen year old high school student,
As he shared those words with a woman who answered the door of a home Brennan saw tagged as a safe house, he observed and realized things were not going well at the "safe house." According to media reports, the young high school had the presence to run as he noticed the 53-year-old male homeowner entered the picture after grabbing a gun.

After both Brennan and Ziegler were taken to the police station, Ziegler's assertion that someone had called about someone breaking into their house was dispelled via video. 

From the institutional, through the stark and criminal to the much more prevalent daily bigotry and bias which results in racist acts. 

Starbucks Chairman and Owner, Howard Schultz, has a long history of support for US progressivism. We are not inclined to fault Starbucks for the sins of its lower level employees, but racism manifest most among lower level employees. A problem which at any given moment could lead to overt acts of racism and legal actions against the company. The only way to ward-off acts which could potentially offend customers and lead to high-cost legal entanglements, corporations, and organizations (especially Police Departments) should enact hiring assessment process (or tools). Tools which could yield evidence of harmful bias while we all as human beings have forms of bias. Starbucks seems to have a definite problem with empowering store managers who fail to apply store policies on a fair and equal basis. 

Starbucks employee and race in America

We are fortunate the vast majority of Americans are not bigots and racist to the point of actionable racism against a people.

Starbucks Chairman's comments are well intended and effectively addresses the problem. The problem addressed by Schultz are more often than not incubated in accordance with the script of the video used to start this piece.