Pressure On Coffee Company Downgrades ADL’s Role
In Bias Training
From Politico: “Bowing to pressure from African-American activists, Starbucks excluded the Anti-Defamation League from an upcoming daylong anti-bias training session.”
The ADL, whose mission is to fight anti-Semitism and other forms of bias and hatred, will instead play an advisory role in the company’s long-term efforts to combat discrimination, Jaime Riley, a Starbucks spokeswoman, told Politico Monday. But the group won’t help develop the curriculum for Starbucks’ May 29 mandatory anti-bias training, as originally planned.
This is a disturbing report because it suggests that Starbucks, in its much-publicized effort to address prejudice, has given into another form of bias. ADL, one of America’s most-respected human rights organizations, receives funding from the Birmingham Jewish Federation Annual Campaign and has worked with the BJF as a resource for decades.
Almost immediately in the wake of the coffee company’s response to a racial incident involving two black men at one of its Philadelphia locations, “activists attacked Starbucks over the ADL’s involvement, citing the ADL’s support for Israel and its arms-length relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement,” according to Politico.
“The ADL is CONSTANTLY attacking black and brown people,” well-known African-American activist and Women’s March organizer Tamika Mallory posted on Twitter. “This is a sign that they are tone deaf and not committed to addressing the concerns of black folk.”
Mallory was heavily criticized earlier this year after attending a Feb. 25 speech by Louis Farrakhan in which the notoriously anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader said “the Jews have control over” the FBI.
A Starbucks’ spokesman denied the company cut ADL loose because of political pressure, saying in an email, “We are architecting a multi-phase approach to addressing bias.”
Much of the above is taken directly from Politico.