Shaun King, T.I., Angela Rye, Tamar Braxton, Sherri Shepherd & Social Media React To The Wrongful Arrest Of 2 Black Men In Starbucks
Celebs take to social media to voice their outrage over two black men being wrongfully arrested at Starbucks. Get the scoop.
Starbucks has issued an apology for having two black men arrested for trespassing in their Philly establishment, but it didn’t stop them from getting dragged by everyone including Shaun King, Angela Rye, T.I., Tamar Braxton and others.
See their posts below.
Dear @starbucks, This is shameful. Your managers should be fired for having these two young Black men wrongly arrested. And you need to offer restitution to these men immediately. Here's the quote from the original person (thank you Melissa) who posted this on Twitter: “The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.”
Here’s the issue: we are not fighting hard enough or smart enough. We think social media posting and a few marches will get us justice. And those of us who bring up things like boycotting Christmas and other times during the year are crazy or “going too far.” I don’t care how many times we share this video, IT WILL NOT CHANGE the fact that black people are treated as less than human and until we decide we are prepared to give up some shit for our own survival, we will continue to see videos like this. What really should make us angry about this is how calm these brothers are…they know better than to flinch because it could be the end of their days. Smh
This treatment of two black men who were sitting @Starbucks but hadn’t ordered anything & were arrested by SIX police officers is shameful! Is this what I must now teach my son? You don’t have the same rights as your counterparts-be docile or you could be killed? Bye #Starbucks https://t.co/r7CcVua9gE
— Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) April 14, 2018
Outrage has also spread through the streets of social media as many called for the firing of the employees who called the police on the two men.
So I guess we can add WWB (Waiting While Black) to the list of things my sons can't do in an American coffee shop. I've been in a #Starbucks when a guy walked in with an AR-15 strapped to his back and not one thing happened except he got served his coffee. @Starbucks https://t.co/mMAwhyyYxl
— Nita Reddinger (@nita_reddinger) April 13, 2018
Sorry, #Starbucks, but as a white woman who has lingered and loitered in places for hours w/o being arrested, I call bullshit. This was not 'unfortunate'. This was 'racist'. Address it and deal with it as such. https://t.co/8fGlzNLqfU
— NoChaser Roni (@NSNCFic) April 14, 2018
#rulestobeingblack if you go into a #starbucks you can not do as you see your white counterparts doing you are to order something immediately otherwise you risk being seen as threatening and your nice suit and tie wont protect you.
— Shawn (@2voices1mind) April 13, 2018
— Lester Romero (@Kenro199x) April 14, 2018
Police – What's going on?
Men- Nothing. We're waiting for a friend to join us. Oh, here he is.
Police – Oh, OK. Ma'am, we're leaving now. Please don't waste our time again.
And scene. #whatshouldahappened #Starbucks
— Toni Hargis (@ToniHargis) April 14, 2018
This story has reached Australia. "Unfortunate" is not what I'd call the level of embarrassment and loss of dignity these two men suffered. #Starbucks
— Dany-el (@DanyelBakerAU) April 14, 2018
— Sheri (@Lilyladybuggy) April 14, 2018