DeRay Mckesson, an activist associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, said that both the police and a Philadelphia Starbucks manager share blame for an incident that went viral last week.
Two African-American men were arrested in a Starbucks in what some claimed was an incident of racial profiling.
“We can’t let the police off the hook here,” Mckesson said. “While the manager was wrong for calling and that clearly was motivated by race, I’m not convinced it was unconscious, it seemed pretty conscious to me. But like, the police showed up, deep, it was like six of them, and they made a choice to arrest the two men.”
“They didn’t have to do that. And, I don’t want that to be lost in this conversation. Starbucks is certainly culpable and needs to figure out how to like, have their values show up, but the police are also responsible.”