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Starbucks has come up with an idea that's so bad we're just going to tell you what it is and start posting Twitter responses. Cool? Okay.
The mega coffee house has decided that they will be an agent for racial harmony by having their baristas randomly write #racetogether on your coffee cup so that the two of you can discuss racial topics when what you ordered is served to you.
Presumably when the purchaser is having this conversation they are under-caffeinated and/or on their way to work, i.e. presumably already a little agitated. So Starbucks is seizing on that and asking their lowest paid employees to leave room not just for milk, but for race statistics, and debates—while they serve the customer.
As promised, a latte for your thoughts.
They can't even call a "small" coffee a "small". How the hell is Starbucks going to fix racism? #RaceTogether— Josh Hogan (@HogansBeard) March 17, 2015
Being a barista is hard enough. Having to talk #RaceTogether with a woman in Lululemon pants while pouring pumpkin spice is just cruel.— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) March 17, 2015
Going to Starbucks tomorrow to order a flat white to explain how milk takes all the credit while black bean does all the work. #RaceTogether— Susan (@shoshido) March 17, 2015
And will there be new drinks in this magical post-racist caffeinated world?
40 Acres and a Mocha #NewStarbucksDrinks— PeekAbow (@peek_a_bowie) March 17, 2015
Skinny Vanilla Voter Suppression #NewStarbucksDrinks— Derrick J. (@EvanderJayded) March 17, 2015
Malcolm Xpresso #NewStarbucksDrinks— TolkienNegro (@LandoLee) March 17, 2015
Stop-And-Frisk Frappuccino #NewStarbucksDrinks— Sir Tets! (@HonorbleMention) March 17, 2015
But You Don't Act Black coffee #NewStarbucksDrinks— Retro P (@PokemonyeWest) March 17, 2015
No Chai Left Behind #NewStarbucksDrinks— Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) March 17, 2015
You're cute for a dark roast girl. #NewStarbucksDrinks— pimentinha (@noemiaaa) March 17, 2015
Oooh, chai, things are gonna get easier... thanks to Starbucks' #racetogether.