Global call for Star­bucks boy­cott

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - SIYABONGA SITHOLE siyabon­gas@the­

AS GLOBAL calls to boy­cott Star­bucks in­ten­sify fol­low­ing a re­cent US racial pro­fil­ing in­ci­dent, South Africans have weighed in on the mat­ter with some say­ing it’s rem­i­nis­cent of apartheid.

This comes af­ter cell­phone footage from a Star­bucks store in Philadel­phia showed po­lice of­fi­cers hand­cuff­ing two men af­ter an em­ployee called 911 say­ing they were tres­pass­ing. They said they were sim­ply wait­ing for a friend be­fore plac­ing their or­ders. Other pa­trons are heard ob­ject­ing that the men were do­ing noth­ing wrong.

The ar­rest sparked a pub­lic out­cry, forc­ing Star­bucks CEO Kevin John­son to apol­o­gise. Twit­ter user @guc­ci­gal­lon­don said: “Re­minds me of grow­ing up in South Africa in 1980s and 1990s. The word was ev­ery time you see a darkie (black per­son) call the po­lice.”

US hip hop mogul Rus­sel Sim­mons has also come out strongly against Star­bucks.

Rus­sel Sim­mons

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