Starbucks’ racial bias training alone won’t fix a racist society, 24.4.18

Here is a piece of mine published in The Conversation

Anti-racism protestors sit in at the Starbucks where two black men were arrested. EPA-EFE/Bastiaan Slabbers

I’ve found myself tweeting my moral outrage a lot recently. From #DrivingWhilstBlack to #WalkingWhilstBlack#LivingWhilstBlack  and #EatingWhilstBlack, there have been endless occasions when African Americans are punished for merely being in public spaces.

The latest took place at a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia. Two African American men were arrested for apparently sitting and waiting for a friend to arrive. It follows a long list of events, including police shootings and high-level harassment of unarmed African American people while on footin their cars, at pool parties or even while playing with toys. And it is part of a worrying trend of criminalising the “black body”.

For more, click here.

Related Posts

The Conversation, Anthill 20, podcast: Myths — Critical Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster, 13.12.17

Community resistance in a neoliberal post-truth era: Is self-care becoming a radical political act? 22.12.16

Racial inequality is still a massive problem in Greater Manchester – and these are the facts that prove it, 13.3.17

Book Release – Urban Dialectics, The Market and Youth Engagement: The ‘Black’ Face of Eurocentrism? 22.1.15

A quick reaction to the shooting of Antonio Martin, 24.12.14


Please visit my page

About Ornette D Clennon

Composer, Musician, NCCPE Public Engagement Ambassador. Dr Clennon is also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Professor at the Federal University of the Amazonas.
This entry was posted in Communities and societal policy. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s