Starbucks closes for racial-bias training

Two men who had entered a Starbucks in Philadelphia were arrested after trying to use the restroom in the establishment. An employee had refused to allow them to enter, or use the restroom, because they had not bought anything from Starbucks. Soon after sitting down, the employee told them to leave, before calling the police. Once the police officials had arrived they soon arrested the two men. At that time, another person, Andrew Yaffe, confronted the police officers and asked, “But what did they do? What did they do? Someone tell me what they did?”

From the narration of Rashon Nelson; he and his friend were at Starbucks to meet a business associate. He wanted to use the restroom but was refused, and was told it was for paying customers only. So, he and his friend sat back down and waited until the business associate came. They hadn’t ordered anything because they had bottled water, and this was when employees had dialed 911, and police officials showed up to the scene shortly after.

Image taken from: https://www.cursor.org/business/2018/04/18/starbucks-racial-bias.html

Many people after hearing/seeing the story, started to try and bring awareness towards the racism in society, especially towards Starbucks. Many people were happy to hear that Starbucks was taking action, but they hated how they’re only taking half a day to “learn” about racial bias. People believe that taking half a day would not address the problem of racism and how they caused the arrest of two men because of how they were African-American.

This event was a moment of racial bias, where the two African-American men were disrespected and not allowed to do normal things by a white man. Racial bias in the world is huge, not only does it affect the rest of the world, and countries, etc., it is also affecting people, families, children in the U.S. Children have been bullied for having different colored skin, for being “black,” or “Asian,” or foreign.

One way or another, people will always be racist, because people will always be judging others, in everyday life. No one will forget about it and will always use race, skin color, or ancestry as an excuse to hate/discriminate against people.

Starbucks had announced this incident as racial/implicit bias, but really it was just racism. Starbucks had then decided to close all Starbucks in the U.S. for a racial bias training. Believing that teaching their employee’s/staff about racial bias would stop them from enacting these events in the future.

“It’s not just a black people thing. This is a people thing. And that’s exactly what we want to see out of this, and that’s true change. … Put action into place” –  Rashon Nelson

Rashon was one of the two men arrested that day, and appeared on ABC’s, Good Morning America news to talk about the incident.

After the incident, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson had released a video explaing, what Starbucks would do to ensure that this incident would not happen again.

To view the video of Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson -https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2018/04/16/starbucks-ceo-meets-officials-after-philly-arrests/33906029/

Image taken from: https://countryclubplaza.com/merchant/starbucks/

 

Boat Dance

The annual Boat Dance is just around the corner! Many students are super excited for this special dance. There are so many things to do there, which makes students fall in love with this dance. Everyone talks about this event. You definitely do not want to miss out on it, so get your tickets!

The Jonathan Padelford was being readied Thursday afternoon April 4, 2013 on Harriet Island as the three boats owned by the Padelford Packet Boat Co. will begin their runs this weekend. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

Come on board to the Boat Dance! This year, the Boat Dance will take place May 18th from 7-10pm, and the boat will leave Harriet Island at exactly 7:00pm, so don’t be late.

Tickets for the Boat Dance will be sold for $20, the week of Boat Dance, at both lunches and in room 3211 after school.

Don’t be fooled though, although it is a Boat Dance, that does not mean swimsuits. The Boat Dance is a formal dance where people dress up, but it’s really your choice, just don’t show up in a swimsuit. Bringing something warm is suggested because the dance does go rather late, and you will be on the river, outside, so it can get chilly.

The Boat Dance is a really fun way to spend a night with your friends and bring in the spring. Many Highland students say it is their favorite dance of the year, and look forward to it all year round. The boat consists of two levels with a variety of activities to do like dancing and singing.

Beginning at Harriet Island, you go on an about 1.5 hour ride that loops back to the start. There are many ways to enjoy your time on the boat, depending on your preference. You can hang out on the upper deck, where you can see some great views while chilling at the tables, and lots of people take their pictures there. There are 2 other indoor sitting areas; 1 on each level. There is also a karaoke setup on the upper level, which has almost any song you want to sing with your friends. Finally, there is the dance floor. It is jam packed with other students dancing, and is a super fun way to spend the night. You might want to escape to one of the sitting areas every once and awhile though to get some air.

A really fun part of Boat Dance is the time before it starts. Lots of people get ready, and then go out to eat with a group of friends. The downtown area of St. Paul is full of restaurants and places to hang out with friends. Black Sheep Pizza, Mickey’s Diner, and Cossetta’s are all great options for affordable dining near Harriet Island.

Overall, the Boat Dance is a night you will never forget. We cannot stress how much fun it is. It’s a great time to hang out with friends, and also a great opportunity to meet new people in your class or other classes. This dance appeals to many people, and it is impossible to not have a great time. Make sure you get your tickets!!