Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair” (Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities).

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courtesy of goodreads.com

The words of the immortal Charles Dickens are truer today than they have ever been. We are in a world that is filled with the greatest of progressivism, but a lot of the most backward doctrine as well. In nearly every country in the world, there is unrest, but here on American soil, we ‘average’ Americans are overall doing our best not to contribute. In fact, we are trying to make a bit of a difference.

Since US President Donald Trump’s Immigration Order signed on 24 January 2017, there has been great public outcry against it. People have said that it is un-American and that it is the direct result of hate and discrimination.

Many of our big spending capitalist organizations have been very vocal about their opposition. The opinions of executives at companies like Starbucks, Lyft, and Apple have begun to ring loud. This along with all of the protesting happening at many American airports including our very own PDX.

Starbucks has been quite individually vocal. Chief Executive Howard Schultz wrote a letter that was shared on Twitter about how their vision and values will be especially important to follow during these turbulent times. He said how their belief in their international partners and how they “will neither stand by, nor stand silent” about what they feel to be right for their partners and the world.

Schultz continued to write about his, and Kevin Johnson’s (Starbucks president and chief operating officer) plan to hire 10,000 refugees over the next 5 years in not only their American cafes but also in their other locations scattered across the globe. The hirings of these refugees in particular will begin with those who had worked with our servicemen as support personnel and interpreters.

Politically speaking, Starbucks has had a very interesting relationship with Trump throughout this whole election season. We may remember a little while back in November when Trump Cups happened. A movement where supporters of the then presidential candidate would go in to a Starbucks and order a drink under the name of Trump. This was due entirely to a video that was taken of a man being denied service. He claimed that he was being denied service because the barista was discriminating against him due to being a white Trump supporter. There are no real grounds though, saying on if the discrimination actually happened. I too have used a different name often when I go to Starbucks, but it’s always Maestro and never Trump, just to make that clear.

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courtesy of rawstory.com

President Trump and many of his loyal followers have indeed upset Starbucks quite a bit over these last few months. But they want the President and the world to know when they feel something is wrong and what exactly they are willing to do in defense of right and truth.

Featured Image courtesy of quora.com 

Loren Riddle

WR 122-18

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