So apparently Starbucks wants to turn tens of thousands of baristas into facilitators for discussions about race. Starbucks CEO Howard Schutlz recently announced that he wants the company’s front-line employees to write “Race Together” on the sides of customers’ cups. The idea is to inspire a conversation about race.
Not surprisingly, the plan has been thoroughly mocked online. Jokes abound, as do cynicism and outright disbelief.
More seriously, there’s a worry about the position the plan puts baristas in. It’s reminiscent of recent criticism of….