Starbucks warn employees against wearing anything in support of Black Lives Matter

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At a time when there is an outrage against White Supremacy in the United States of America, Coffee shop chain Starbucks has warned staffers against wearing any accessories or clothes bearing messages in support of Black Lives Matter movement.

 Here are five components of the story:
  • The Chain warned the staffers that such messages are prohibited under the company’s policy against accessories that advocated political, religious, or personal issue.
  •  According to Buzzfeed News, numerous employees told the news outlet, the company allows or even encourages employees to wear pins in support of LGBTQ equality. Especially during pride month every June.
  • “Starbucks LGBTQ+ partners wear LGBTQ+ pins and shirts, that also could incite and create violent experiences amongst partners and customers,” one black transgender employee of the coffee chain told BuzzFeed. “We have partners who experienced harassment and transphobia/homophobia for wearing their pins and shirts, and Starbucks still stands behind them.”
  • A video from a top company executive reportedly sent with the memo warned employees that “agitators who misconstrue the fundamental principles” of the movement could seek to “amplify divisiveness” if the messages are displayed in stores.
  • A video from a top company executive reportedly sent with the memo warned employees that “agitators who misconstrue the fundamental principles” of the movement could seek to “amplify divisiveness” if the messages are displayed in stores.

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