The Black Men Who Were Arrested At Starbucks Just Got The Chain To Commit To Something Awesome

The two black men who were arrested in Starbucks have reached an unconventional settlement with the City of Philadelphia and the Seattle coffee giant. Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson were arrested in Starbucks last month while sitting in the shop waiting for a friend. The incident drew massive protests and a public apology from Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. 

Instead of pursuing legal action Robinson and Nelson came to a quick settlement that is drawing almost as much attention as the incident itself.

Forgoing a financial settlement, the two men chose a symbolic $1 each — on the condition that Starbucks establishes a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. Starbucks will also pay the two men’s college tuition as they return to finish their degrees.

CEO Kevin Johnson announced that Starbucks cafes will be closed on May 29 so that all 174,000 employees can attend a seminar on unconscious bias in an effort to prevent this type of discrimination in the future.

People were blown away by their selfless act, a choice that very few might have made. 

And the two were praised for taking an ugly situation and creating such a positive outcome. 

What seemed to impress people most was how Robinson and Nelson managed to pay it forward by diffusing tension and giving back to their community. 

Many felt the class they showed was a blueprint for how to change the world for the better. 

Still, some felt they could have asked for just a little bit more. 

H/T – Twitter