I have a quick question: Who thinks a Wall Street fat cat, 1%’er, white, multi-millionaire CEO should teach us about race? Apparently the Wall Street fat cat, 1%’er, white, multi-millionaire CEO of Starbucks.
I mean seriously! This is ridiculous. First of all, there is a very good discussion to be had about the state of this issue in the first place. I will get to that in a bit. But let’s just assume that we in fact do need to have a race discussion. Starbucks is the last business in the world to be leading the charge.
When I heard of this, my brain was literally tingling trying to understand. I actually thought it was a joke when I saw tweets about it. So let me get this strait … the brand that is the quintessential privileged white girl icon is going to discuss race and racism with us? HA! Here, have some $4.00 yuppy coffee and by the way, have I told you about the inherent racism in this country? Barf.
Do you know who would be a great person to talk about race today? Colin Powell. I know he has turned liberal on us, but he is a great success story; a story that is available to everybody in this country. Another would be Ben Carson. Or, having a history in Northern Minnesota, you know who also has had to deal with being a minority, have been treated poorly, and has overcome diversity? The immigrants who came to work on the iron range. Yes, they were Finns and Sweeds. They were white. But, so what. They are part of the community. You would have to be racist to say they can’t be part of the discussion. They were put on teams with other nationalities so the workers couldn’t communicate and unionize. Their life was hard and a long way from anyone they knew. I wan’t to know why we can’t talk about the diversity successes in this country. Why can’t that be part of the solution? There are no programs for Finns and Sweeds. No marches. No hashtags. Just success in the face of adversity and diversity. Here’s a radical idea: How about we model diversity discussion and programs around the success stories, regardless of what color they are? To solve any other problem people would copy others who have already succeeded. Why not with this diversity? It’s almost as if there is too much too lose for some people if the problem goes away.
As a God-fearing Christian who tries his best to model his life around the Bible, I want to point out a couple of things. The bible does not list races. There is one race; humanity. God loved all of us. Our struggle isn’t with racism, the real struggle is with sin. If we all dealt with our own sin, we wouldn’t likely be discussing this issue right now.
ps. Starbucks, I thought your coffee sucked before this. I will never spend a penny on you or any company that partners with you.