2 Black Men arrested for " simply being black " in Starbucks

Two black males were arrested at a local Starbucks in Philadelphia a few days ago after a barista deemed them as trespassing. The men, (who have been identified as being real estate agents) we’re casually waiting for another one of their friends, the gentlemen were in hope of discussing business. The barista grew suspicious; because the men hadn’t purchased anything. Which ultimately lead to the calling of police officials to deescalate the issue.

On looking customer grew both furious and curious asking why were the men being arrested and why aren’t they allowed to be here without purchasing anything even though everyone pretty much does the same thing day in and day out?


CEO of the Starbucks franchised Kelvin Johnson issued a public apology:

"I hope to meet personally with the two men who were arrested to offer a face-to-face apology,

"Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome," Johnson wrote. "The basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong. Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did."

 Quite interesting. What exactly is the policy that insists, African American men be deemed as trespassers as oppose to the men and woman who occupy that same space for leisure time without purchasing a thing on a regular? Let’s be clear here, please!

To add insult to injury the police commissioner; Richard Ross (who is also a black man) stated “the police officers followed protocol and did absolutely nothing wrong”.

These men who committed no crime and showed no signs of violence or disruptive behavior; under what pretense does that make these officers arrests justified?


It’s the same song and dance; as minorities we are blatantly disrespected by major companies and establishments in which we have spent years spending our hard earned money in for years. Then we’re issued a sappy apology on twitter and everything is supposedly all forgiven and forgotten.

What is going on in the world where you can’t even sit in an establishment for minutes at a time without publicly dehumanized? If we take an overall look at society today can we honestly state that much has changed? Are we really moving forward, have we evolved at all? Because things are looking real optimistically segregated to me!

Tamara JacksonComment