Racial Profiling In Philadelphia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by archangel View Post
    Well then the cop should have sat down beside them and explained what was going on and why.
    Then Im sure the cop would have to tell them the consequences.

    Arresting them should have been the absolute last resort.
    Cause that’s stupid and tactically unsafe. That’s how a deputy got killed in a Panera. You don’t just sit down with someone you’ve received a complaint about. That’s tactics 101. Maybe he should’ve asked the two guys to hold his gun for him while he tested the bathroom policy for himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pura Vida View Post
    Maybe she wants to address her implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome.

    And most people I know already do this on occassion.... lol
    Someone took to many voodoo sociology courses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    Did you watch the video?
    Yes, my question stands.

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    I'd of just went out the front door, rounded the corner of the building of the Starbucks and the proceeded to do my business. But hey that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AverageJoesGym View Post
    Once it got to the point that they were asked to leave by the police and they declined I do. My question is were they white would their claim of a meeting have been listened to?
    That question is for the store, not the police. If the store wants someone to leave it is not up to the police to referee the situation, they are there to remove them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    I do not recall seeing rest rooms open to the public in starbucks. Mind you, I don't go there very often. I worked at a retail store and we never had a public bathroom and we chose who we allowed to use it. Paying customers always had the green light.
    No potties in the Starbucks? That's why I don't "GO" there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodsrider View Post
    Yes, my question stands.
    If you watched the video and can’t figure it out, I can’t help you.

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    Listen the Starbucks worker could be the most racist person in the world I have no clue. I want to focus on the fact what else could police do when they are called to a business to remove someone who won't leave. We need to seperate the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    The people who made a scene when there shouldn’t have been one. Starbucks has handled this how they should, IMO.
    Than why do you reference ‘the issue with starbucks’?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    If you watched the video and can’t figure it out, I can’t help you.
    You must have a watched a different video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Than why do you reference ‘the issue with starbucks’?
    You're right. I should have said added "employees."

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodsrider View Post
    You must have a watched a different video.
    Nah, we just see it through different perspectives.

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    Is it a policy to buy something or not? If so, does it only apply to certain people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    Nah, we just see it through different perspectives.
    Everything she implied may be 100% happening and true. But the fact is she gave zero evidence that the employees at that Starbucks are guilty of repeated profiling. She gave one example of her being that the day before and no one asking her to leave. If that is the smoking gun then your right, we see it differently.

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    When I first saw this story my first reaction was this looks like a case where two men are not given the benefit of the doubt because they are African-American. There may be white people in a Starbucks who have been treated similarly. This policy is impossible to enforce consistently because the employee has priorities and their's is to sell product not walk around the tables to police who is purchasing and who is not. So there is bound to be a thousand inconsistencies among stores across the country, within the same store, and even with the same employee. I have worked retail and sometimes you don't have the energy or time to deal with a small infraction of the rules. Sometimes you let it slide. Sometimes you don't. It may have to do with your mood that day.

    So, I look at it and my first reaction is these guys were black and didn't get the benefit of the doubt. The police did nothing wrong. The Starbucks policy is not wrong. The issue is with the employee. I cannot label that person a racist but it appears to me that race played a part. You can argue with me and I can't produce evidence that would counteract your arguments to your satisfaction. Without having the knowledge of those closer to the situation, I just think it smells bad.
    @UKMustangFan has some good rational arguments as to how this could be a case without any racial intent but merely as the enforcement of store policy, a policy that has its practical value. His arguments began to sway my opinion, but not entirely.

    For those of you looking for near perfect enforcement of the policy on all people at all times and if it is not this becomes a clear example of racism, I don't think what you are looking for is possible. It is the kind of policy that will be enforced more rigorously based on circumstances in the store, the neighborhood, and the whims of the employee at the time. Employees are only human. They also may have their own biases. And I don't think it is a policy that is meant to be enforced at all times.
    It just gives the store the opportunity to ask someone to leave if a person is taking up space when a paying customer needs it. So, it is hard to say all the factors that were in play here. But, again, I fear race played a factor. The amount of time provided to these men as they described it on GMA leads me to conclude this.

    But I have come to the place where I don't think the specifics of this case matter in the big picture. It definitely matters in determining culpability in that specific case for those two men, and that one employee, and justice for all of those directly involved. But for the larger issue of race relations in our country, the specifics matter less. Because the real problem is that our country has a trust problem regarding race.
    @PurplePride92 helped me to understand something I didn't quite get when we were discussing the white guy in Louisville who did NOT get shot by the police and why he did not. I was citing studies that show the police are more likely to shoot a white man than a black man in similar situations and that more unarmed white men are shot than unarmed black men. PP92 was not impressed by the studies being cited. I thought he was being irrational. But then he said that no matter what the studies show, they are based on how the incident is reported in the first place. PP92 said that he and other African-Americans do not trust the way individual incidents are reported because he said many officers will say whatever they have to say in order to avoid scrutiny or consequences for their actions. Therefore, any study could be tainted because it is only as good as the veracity of the original report and he didn't have much faith in that. Those are not his exact words, but as I thought about it, that is how I understood what he is saying.

    It made me think about the history of our country and the engagement of African-Americans with our justice system throughout our history. A history that includes slavery, the Jim Crow south, Bull Connor, racial segregation, the Civil Rights movement and opposition faced during that, and many individual acts and attitudes of racism experienced by a wide cross-section of people even up to today, including police action. With this as background and context, I concluded that PP92 and @TheDeuce do have a rational basis in history and experience to call in question the validity of these studies and doubt whether some racial bias has tainted the study or the report of an incident. I want to believe those things were isolated to our past, isolated incidents in a region, and are NOT the way things are now. I still believe the studies I cited are valid. But I can now see how a rational human being, whose family has come through a history of racism in our country, can rationally question the validity of the data used in the studies I so easily trust. I think more studies of this nature need to be done with a prescribed process of how to obtain honest data.

    But I think the real issue has to do with trust. The African-American community does not trust that they will receive consistent justice when situations arise, like at Starbucks, or in policing, or in hiring, or in you name the issue.

    The way to repair trust is to do the right thing over a long period of time. If it can be shown that our culture has changed regarding racial bias, perhaps the culture of expectation in the African-American community will also change, resulting in a change in the way the races interact with each other in our country.

    This is where each individual situation is important. And the facts surrounding each case is significant and need to be made known. Because, if the way African-Americans are treated does become consistently just and when they are not treated justly the culpable party is held accountable with consequences so that change occurs, trust may be established and we will all be far better off.

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