STARBUCKS RACIAL BIAS TRAINING SHOULDN’T BE ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL
DESPITE TRUMP’S BID TO FLIP THE WORLD ORDER, EQUILIBRIUM WILL RETURN WITH P.E.I. MOVING TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS, ISN'T IT TIME WE DID THE SAME? 'THE AMERICANS' FINALLY ENDED AND NOW THE RUSSIANS ARE BACK
Thousands of Starbucks employees across Canada spent Monday afternoon in racial bias training, which beats making grande lactosefree extra-hot lattes.
(While we’re on the subject of discrimination, lactose-free milk at the coffee conglomerate costs extra, which oppresses those of us who cannot process lactose, and I would like to take it up with a C-suite level executive.)
In the training, reports the Globe and Mail, “Employees at each location were divided into groups of three to five and given a team guidebook, personal notebooks and ipads on which to watch video segments.”
This training is similar to the Starbucks coffee locations across Canada were closed Monday for racial bias training.
American version that happened in late May. In fact, it is so similar that one might call it Exactly The Same.
In its admirable effort to address the differences that divide us, Starbucks seems to have missed that Canada is a wholly separate country with a completely different history.
For example, one video “recapped the long history of discrimination against people of colour in public spaces,
from racial segregation on buses and in restaurants during the 1960s to the racist lawyer who spewed vitriol at Spanish-speaking employees of a New York deli just last month.”
It took eight minutes to cover a history that Phds are based on (which I’m sure doctoral students also aspire to, at least at the beginning). The coffee company’s training seems to have fallen under the
category of Good To Know rather than Essential For Canadian Baristas.
It skipped entirely that most essential of Canadian things: Canadian content. Who are we without our Cancon?
According to the Globe and Mail, it did not cover Canada’s history with — “against,” really, if we must have some honesty — Indigenous peoples. And despite the fact that anti-black racism is what kicked off the whole thing, the training seems, at least per that report, to have evaded all talk around “don’t be racist to Black people.” THESTAR.COM/OPINIONS