31 May Alveda King: Starbucks Can Fight Racism By Cutting Ties with Planned Parenthood
Alveda C. King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., penned an op-ed for the Washington Examiner this week in response to Starbucks closing its stores for “racial-bias education.”
In her column, King slams the coffee chain for its financial relationship with one of the most racist organizations in America:
On Tuesday, Starbucks will have a “‘racial-bias education” day for its nearly 175,000 employees in an attempt to sweep under the rug its recent public relations nightmares.
After two African-American men sat in a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering last month, they were arrested for “trespassing.” Ever since, the coffee giant has been doing a mea culpa for the appearance of conducting racist business practices and has announced that no one has to buy anything to sit in one of its coffee shops or use the restrooms. A second racial incident last week in Los Angeles underscored that maybe some racial sensitivity training is in order.
But Starbucks had racism in its corporate identity long before the April arrests.
Through its corporate donations, Starbucks contributes to one of the most racist organizations in our nation’s history. Planned Parenthood, the largest single provider of abortions in the U.S., performs more than 300,000 terminations each year.
See the Starbucks scorepage in our database here and be sure to view our resource page for a list all the companies that support Planned Parenthood.