From [HERE] Two African American men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks last month have reached a settlement with the city and secured its commitment to a pilot program for young entrepreneurs.
Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson chose not to pursue a lawsuit against the city, Mike Dunn, a spokesman for the city of Philadelphia, told The Washington Post. Instead, they agreed to a symbolic payment of $1 each and asked the city to fund $200,000 for a grant program for high school students aspiring to become entrepreneurs.
“This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city, pain that would’ve resurfaced over and over again in protracted litigation, which presents significant legal risks and high financial and emotional costs for everyone involved,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement.
Kenney said Nelson and Robinson approached the city as partners “to make something positive come of this.”
Funds for the $200,000 program will come from the city’s Finance Department budget, Dunn said. The city, Nelson and Robinson will work together on developing a committee to award the grants.
The city has also invited Robinson, Nelson and their attorneys to submit thoughts and recommendations to the city solicitor on other ways of promoting equality in public places, including restaurants and retail establishments.
When asked whether the grant will focus on helping young entrepreneurs of color, Dunn said, “We are still working out those details.”
Cohen, Placitella and Roth, the Philadelphia law firm representing Nelson and Robinson, did not immediately return a request for comment.
Undisclosed Settlement for Public Degradation. Also on Wednesday, Starbucks announced that it had reached an agreement with Nelson and Robinson that will include an undisclosed financial settlement “as well as continued listening and dialogue between the parties and specific action and opportunity.”
Starbucks chief executive Kevin Johnson said he welcomed the chance to begin a relationship with Nelson and Robinson. “Starbucks will continue to take actions that stem from this incident to repair and reaffirm our values and vision for the kind of company we want to be,” Johnson said in a statement. [MORE]
ONLY LOSERS CAN WIN THIS GAME [Protest as flattery/depending on racists' opinion] In real life would no 23 ever play for his own sandwich? If he wins, he would only get what he already has! If you want some respect give yourself some. Dr. Blynd explains that respect is not real in a system of domination or oppression- just a trick.
It is a tactic of white supremacy to trade or sell you something you already have in exchange for something of value. Undeceiver Steve Cokely said "never play for your own sandwich." Cokely is referencing the old Larry Bird vs. Michael Jordan McDonald's commercial wherein they play each other for a sandwich - - Michael Jordan's sandwich. Jordan walks into the gym with his bag of food and Bird challenges him to a game of one-on-one basketball; if Bird wins he gets Jordan's sandwich -- and if Jordan wins then he gets what?