What’s Besides The Point Certainly Counts Towards Being The Point
I tend to take the critical thinking of others, or lack thereof to task. Take for instance the case of the Downtown Philadelphia Starbucks incident where two Black men were taken out in handcuffs for not buying anything and requesting to use the restroom. The incident was captured on video and virally transmitted on social media.
Donte Robinson said police never read them their Miranda rights when they were handcuffed and they were held in custody for eight hours.
Since the police were called upon and dutifully insistent on the removal and arrest of these two Black men from the store, no confession would be required of the men to be held in custody, so this could become a moot point. Keep in mind the officers/overseers told the men that they were trespassing while in the act of trespassing. The law in most instances are open to interpretation, and framing — dominant framing so Robinson’s mentioning of not being read the miranda rights may or may not be open to some favorable interpretation. By design and (quite possibly by intent to distort) I guess this is besides the point but certainly counts towards being the point of arrest.
Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson issued a swift apology, and has said that company will close more than 8,000 of its stores on May 29 for a racial bias training for nearly 175,000 of its employees. The chairman has weighed in as well.
“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King sat down with Starbucks’ executive chairman Howard Schultz on Wednesday to discuss how the company is handling the incident.
“I’m embarrassed, ashamed. I think what occurred was reprehensible at every single level. I think I take it very personally as everyone in our company does and we’re committed to making it right. The announcement we made yesterday about closing our stores, 8,000 stores closed, to do significant training with our people is just the beginning of what we will do to transform the way we do business and educate our people on unconscious bias,” Schultz said.
This story would not be complete without determining the impact of shutting down the stores for a few hours.
How much will shutting down for a few hours cost Starbucks?
A U.S. Starbucks location averages $4,400 a day in sales, according to Nick Setyan, an analyst at Wedbush Morgan.
Afternoons are the slowest time for a Starbucks, accounting for 15 to 20 percent of its business, said Setyan. So each store would lose between $650 and $880. That’s about $7 million across all 8,000 company-owned stores in the U.S.
“To put that in context,” said Setyan, “we expect their total revenue in fiscal year 2018 to be $24.4 billion. So not much of a financial impact.”
Besides the point but certainly counts towards being the point of dogmatic capitalism.
The problem is so insidiously ingrained that its culturalization as a norm has had such tremendous effect. The proposed Starbucks employee workshop would only serve as a straw man attempt at virtue, but we know its all vice.
It would take more than that to turn off the Matthew Effect that has bequeathed — whiteness under the social construct — to beneficiaries. To them it is simply seen as fulfillment of the social contract, and so the ensuing mockery and sarcasm suggests that it would be asinine for them cognitively to have to give up their inheritance. An example of this is seen here in the comments section of Yahoo! under the feature story to the ABC interview. (warning: there is a bunch of yahoos on Yahoo!)
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A listicle that is besides the point but certainly counts towards being the point of disparagement
The beguiling use of plausible deniability and the impending workshop of straw man proposals is a blatant attempt to absolve whiteness for its undying efforts to defeat blackness.
It doesn’t need to be said that there are instances of people using the restroom or hanging out in Starbucks without having to adhere to the selective use of store policy of making a purchase. That those people incidentally go unpunished for reasons I have to guesstimate are besides the point, but in some ideologically ignorant way count towards making a symbolic point.
By the way this apprehension by police usually happens much faster and with brute force of violence. Just as it only took 2 minutes before the police were called for noncompliance with the racial hierarchy or nonconformity to racial etiquette, so too will the awareness of the injustice of this symbolic violence be that short lived.