By: Fran Gillespie
Last week Starbucks launched an initiative to encourage people to talk about race by writing the hashtag #RaceTogether on customers ‘ cups. This hashtag would invite a conversation between the customer and the barista over racial issues. After immediately being met with criticism, #RaceTogether was over as soon as it began. I didn ‘t even get a chance to participate, but if I had, here are things I would have asked.
- Can I sing the Notorious B.I.G song “Juicy” at karaoke?
- If it fits me well, can I wear Fubu?
- Does it seem like I ‘m trying too hard if I watch Empire? What if I talk about it all the time?
- What ‘s a dap?
- Am I allowed to say I relate to Kendrick Lamar ‘s new album?
- Even though it ‘s a holiday, should I work on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
- Can a black person be racist?
- Shouldn ‘t there be black Band-Aids?
- Can I own the DVD of Roots? What if I display it prominently?
- Is this the way we deal with race now? Hashtags?
- Has anyone ever bought a cake pop?
- When Norah Jones comes in here is she embarrassed to hear her own music?
- Is the fall the absolute worst time to work at Starbucks?
- Are there any workplace romances?
- If yes, oooooh,spill the deets.
- When people buy an egg-salad sandwich here, does it bum you out?
- Is it super annoying that you are required to engage in discussions about race when you thought you could just get high, come to work, and make coffee?
- Do you dare me to walk in the bathroom barefoot?
- Is giving a gift card the easiest way to tell someone you don ‘t really know them?
- How long until we can stop racing together?
- Will \#RaceTogether just organically fade away?
- Sorry, I actually don ‘t want to buy anything, but what ‘s the WiFi password here?
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