The Marshall Project
April 23, 2018

“The fear that two black men would siphon free WiFi, jazz, and bathroom breaks from a Philadelphia Starbucks drove a Starbuck’s manager to call local law enforcement for backup, creating yet one more media spectacle highlighting the disparate treatment of black Americans in the criminal justice system.”

“n retail, fear of black criminality regularly shows up in policies and practices across stores and sectors. From bodegas to big-box retailers, businesses and their customers often treat black people as inherently criminal, prone to violence and theft. This bias has driven a number of high-profile police brutality scandals in recent years.”

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