Damn, I feel like I can’t go get my caramel macchiato with two pumps classic.
Starbucks has claimed that they support BLM, but an employee shared yesterday (June 11) that workers aren’t allowed to wear anything that displays their personal support of the movement.
Another day, another call for a company boycott. Businesses are finding themselves in peculiar places these days as their company policies, diversity in employment, support of the Black Lives Matter movement and many other concerns that the public has are brought to light. On Thursday (June 11), a woman who claimed to be an employee of Starbucks tweeted that the company prohibited any visible support of BLM. Employees were forbidden from wearing pins, labels, or clothing that showed they were supporters of the movement.
A spokesperson for Starbucks reportedly doubled down on their stance, but the official Starbucks Twitter account offered a reply to the employee’s original message. According to the Starbucks account, the company is now implementing new strategies to show that they do support Black Lives Matter and will have designs specifically created for its workers “in support of our Black partners.”
“Hello. All U.S. CO partners will be sent a Starbucks partner shirt to lend our collective voice in support of our Black partners, customers and communities. The design will come from the Black Partner Network emphasizing our role and responsibility to not be bystanders,” Starbucks tweeted. However, people still didn’t know exactly what that meant, so the call to boycott the coffee company intensified as their controversial history found itself in the limelight once again. Check out a few responses below.
Hello. All U.S. CO partners will be sent a Starbucks partner shirt to lend our collective voice in support of our Black partners, customers and communities. The design will come from the Black Partner Network emphasizing our role and responsibility to not be bystanders.
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) June 11, 2020
@Starbucks, seriously? People have the right to wear whatever they want. A starbucks employee could be wearing a cross necklace? But heaven forbid an employee wearing a BLM clothing or accessories? I don't want business with you, if you choose to be silent #BoycottStarbucks pic.twitter.com/5aGX537rQV
— Hope (@Hope4Changee) June 11, 2020
I will gladly write BLM on your cup and shout it out for everyone to hear. https://t.co/LY8UlX0JQM
— Joanne (@relaxbxbe) June 11, 2020
Two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philly for doing nothing but waiting for a friend.
& now Starbucks is banning employees from wearing anything in support of black lives?
THIS IS INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM #BoycottStarbucks pic.twitter.com/Ja1I3IdtCg
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) June 11, 2020
Me: Can i get a venti caramel macchiato. #Starbucks barista: sure whats the name on the order?
Me: Black Lives Matter pic.twitter.com/ID6lP4GXel
— Rashad (@chefshadrashad) June 11, 2020
Fuuuckkk @Starbucks ! They’ve been trash! There’s soooo much coffee out there that is wayyyy better
— Kiana Ledé (@KianaLede) June 11, 2020
Starbucks claims to support BLM but they advertise on Fox News and they also rent space from Donald Trump in Trump Tower.#BoycottStarbucks
— Secret Agent Number Six (@DesignationSix) June 11, 2020
not starbucks lying on instagram but then showing their true colors pic.twitter.com/8tKal0azDD
— 🍒 (@stronomicaI) June 11, 2020