What is ‘racial bias training’? As Starbucks breaks to learn, we ask an expert


Starbucks stores across the country will be closed on Tuesday afternoon. The company announced it would use the half day to “conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores.”

Starbucks announced the move in April after video of police arresting two black men at a Philadelphia location went viral. An employee had called police because the men, who were waiting for someone, had not ordered anything and were refusing to leave. One of the pair had asked to the use the restroom.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Holly Edgell wanted to know: What exactly is bias training and does it work? So, she turned to Michelle Tyrene Johnson. Although she’s now a reporter for Sharing America partner KCUR in Kansas City, Michelle conducted bias training for more than 15 years. Check out the full story

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