Global call for Starbucks boycott
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.