Two Black Men Teach the Country, Starbucks, and Kanye

Aaron Brown
May 3, 2018

Two black men who police arrested as they sat in a Starbucks have settled with Philadelphia leaders.

The two men also asked the city to create a program for Philadelphia public high school students with aspirations of becoming entrepreneurs.

Funds for the $200,000 program will come from the city's Finance Department budget, Dunn said. 'I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences.

Cohen, Placitella and Roth, the Philadelphia law firm representing Nelson and Robinson, did not immediately return a request for comment. Nelson reportedly asked to use the restroom immediately upon entering the building.

It added that the two men had been offered the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degrees through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, a program that covers tuition for eligible employees in the United States for an online degree program offered by Arizona State University.

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"Rather than spending time, money, and resources to engage in a potentially adversarial process, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson approached the city and invited us to partner with them in an attempt to make something positive come of this", Kenney said in a statement. "Starbucks will continue to take actions that stem from this incident to fix and reaffirm our values and vision for the kind of company we want to be".

Mr. Nelson and Mr. Robinson claimed in a interview about ABC's "Good Morning America" weekly soon after the arrest they had been awaiting at the Starbucks for a small business meeting between a actual estate job they had been focusing on for months. Officers arrived a few minutes later. They were then arrested, and Robinson said they were not read any rights or told why they were being arrested.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who is black, at first defended his officers' conduct, but days later issued a televised apology for the way the Starbucks call was handled.

Starbucks Corp. has already announced it will require over 8,000 stores to go through an afternoon of "racial-bias education" training on May 29. Star bucks apologized on social networking, and Kevin R. Johnson, " the company's leader executive order, released a announcement by he called the arrests a "reprehensible outcome.

Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company, said: "I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile".

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