Starbucks: Tip of the Iceberg

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I lived through the American Civil rights era , with a life still negatively affected by racial bias in ways too numerous to count. So, I’m often mentally and spiritually exhausted following one racial incident after the other. However, it was refreshing to see that after the “racial bias” arrests at the Philadelphia Starbucks, the company’s CEO immediately addressed the incident. And it’s always encouraging to see younger people taking protest actions to contribute to a movement. But I hope that it’s understood that Starbucks is not an isolated case but the tip of the iceberg.

An iceberg is much larger than what is seen above the waterline. What is beneath the waterline of the American iceberg is the rest of America. “Serious” racial bias training may serve as an example for those corporations and government agencies, under the waterline, to follow, but it’s like putting a band-aid on a 400 year old gaping wound. The whole damn country, “From sea to shining sea,” needs to be shut down and go through psychiatric intervention until racism is removed from the American psyche. Unfortunately, that may take another 400 years.