After a torrent of social media backlash Thursday evening following a report that employees were banned from wearing clothing or accessories that mentions the Black Lives Matter movement, Starbucks announced Friday it not only would allow staffers to don BLM attire, the company would make 250,000 specialty shirts supporting the movement.
Starbucks noted its memo was merely serving as a reminder of an existing company policy that forbids accessories that advocate a political, religious or personal issue.
However, several staffers reportedly said the company commonly permits them to don accessories that promote marriage equality and LGBTQ rights.
Some employees claimed that the company recently gave them pins and Gay Pride shirts, since June is Pride Month. Others pointed out the seeming hypocrisy of the official Starbucks Twitter account, back on June 1st, posting an image that read, “We will confront racism to create a more inclusive and just world. We stand in solidarity with our Black partners, customers and communities. We will not be bystanders.”
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