Can you train people to be less biased?

Source: BBC News

This story is from The Inquiry on BBC World ServiceIt was presented by Helen Grady and produced by Josephine Casserly and Dearbhail StarrTo listen to more episodes of The Inquiryplease click hereAdapted by Sarah Keating.

Starbucks Closes 8000 Stores Nationwide For Racial Bias Training

MIAMI, FL – MAY 29: People meet in a closed Starbucks store during a day alloted for company wide anti-bias training on May 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. The coffee chain closed 8,000 of its stores in the U.S. for the training after an incident in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where a manager summoned the police after two African-American men asked to use the restroom and were arrested for trespassing. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In April two black men went into a Starbucks in Philadelphia. They were early for a business meeting, so they sat down to wait. Two minutes later, the store manager called the police.

“I have two men in my café that are refusing to make a purchase or leave,” the store manager said in a recording released by the police.

Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson explained that they didn’t want to order until their colleague arrived. When their colleague turned up, he found the police forcibly removing the two men from the coffee shop in handcuffs.

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