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

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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

GRAEME ROY/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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