Starbucks has found itself under extreme fire after two stores on opposite ends of the country stand accused of being racist to black men.
As the company was already scrambling to fix a public relations’ nightmare caused by the videotaped arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks, a new video emerged Monday showing a black man being denied access to a bathroom at a Los Angeles area location.
What makes the above video so troubling is that it seems a white man had just been allowed into the same restroom that Brandon Ward, a black man, was denied access to.
Ward’s video went viral after being published to Twitter by activist Shaun King, where at the time of publishing it received nearly one million views in less than a day:
“Here we go again,” @ShaunKing tweeted. “Meet Brandon Ward. He was @Starbucks – about to make a purchase – and needed to use the restroom. They denied him the code. He then finds a white man, Weston, who came out of the restroom. He had not made a purchase but they gave HIM the code. RACISM.”