Kudos to “Josh the Frog”@Starbucks racism training.

In response to the following excerpt from a description of Starbucks ‘Woke’ Racial Bias Training, someone with the handle Josh the Frog nailed it. In another video, a Starbucks higher-up gave an anecdote about him taking a trip to Italy in 1983 in which he visited several coffee shops. The experience, he said, inspired him to create an inclusive environment, where everyone feels like they belong — the goal of Starbucks. “He also curiously suggested that he felt that that environment of belonging and equality is somehow more difficult to achieve today than it was in 1983,” noted the employee.

Another film, which was produced by an NAACP filmmaker, consisted of testimonials from African Americans about the debilitating fear of being judged and treated differently. “I found the video to be quite sad, not because of the intended reasons though, more so because it displayed people who were being crippled by the false narrative of widespread systemic racism,” the employee said. “One incredibly irritating part of the video was that there was a singular token white guy who gave a testimonial in which he basically said that because he’s white, his life is perfect and he doesn’t have any problems or obstacles and that he can’t relate to or empathize with any of the black peoples’ struggles. That part was somewhat insulting.”

Josh the Frog had this to say: “He also curiously suggested that he felt that that environment of belonging and equality is somehow more difficult to achieve today than it was in 1983. Sure it is. You know why? Because we talk it to death now. I’m told that everything from my music to my whiskey to my food has some element of cultural appropriation. I’m told that I owe reparations for slavery when none of my ancestors even lived in the US prior to 1900. I am bombarded with mandatory inclusiveness training at my job. I have things shoved in my face like that ridiculous Starbucks “Race Together” SJW initiative where baristas were told to intentionally start conversations with customers about race. I grew up in San Francisco. My best childhood friends were mixed-race black/white, and it never occurred to me to think about it. Fast forward to adulthood, and I am uncomfortable around black people now because I have been conditioned by the left to feel uncomfortable. Follow the advice of Morgan Freeman and stop talking about it. This crap does more harm than good.”

Oops Josh, you mentioned Morgan Freeman. You were going good until that point. Isn’t Morgan sorta persona non grata? it’s just too hard to keep track of who’s in and who’s out (unless they’ve “come out”) these days. The celebrity trainer, via video, was Common, as in the rapper/actor, not as in _____ sense. In the future, if I want to hang out and drink something coffee-based, I am fortunate to have Thomas Hammer coffee shops to go to, or Rocket Bakeries, or Rockwood Bakery, or countless espresso kiosks which set up tables and chairs in the summer and fall. If I just want to hang out without buying anything, I might just go to the “third place.” What’s that? Check this out. third place

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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