Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has launched a new initiative that will encourage the company’s baristas to talk to patrons about America’s racial issues.
According to Schultz, to trigger the conversations, in the next week baristas will be encouraged to write the phrase “Race Together” on customers cups, which is intended to “facilitate a conversation between you and our customers."
The campaign is said to be inspired by the controversy emanating from the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner last year, both of them black men killed by white police officers. What the initiative hopes to accomplish in the long run is unclear, though the company will be offering more information during its annual meeting on Wednesday. The new effort is only the latest of the company’s actions that appear designed to bolster the company’s reputation as a socially conscious corporation.
(Editor’s note: Text by Daily Caller, video by Daily Surge, poll by Bee staff)