A prominent civil rights activist and pro-lifer is asking for a sit-down with Starbucks executives.
Last month, in what became a much-publicized incident, police arrested two black men who were waiting for a companion at a Philadelphia Starbucks store and were told to leave because they had not placed an order. In hopes of defusing the controversy and avoiding a repeat incident, the company – which leans far to the left on social issues – shut down some 8,000 stores on Tuesday afternoon to conduct staff training sessions on racial discrimination simultaneously across the U.S. The stores reopened on Wednesday.
Evangelist and pro-life activist Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., points out that Starbucks matches employ contributions to select non-profit organizations – including Planned Parenthood.
"... By Starbucks saying We want to help people – but then taking the matching dollars and contributing to America's largest abortion-provider – then that is just certainly another type of problem," says the director of civil rights for the unborn for Priests for Life. "And so from my vantage point, if you really want to help people, then first stop donating dollars to killing babies."
More than one-third (36%) of America's abortions kill black babies, and Planned Parenthood locates the majority of its clinics in minority neighborhoods. King says Starbucks needs to take its anti-discrimination campaign further.
"I have offered in an open letter that with these types of announcements I'd be happy to go in and sit down with Starbucks as a civil rights activist myself who was a youth organizer in the 1960s," she concludes.
There's been no response thus far from the company, which also heavily supports special rights for homosexuals.