Starbucks shut down all of its 8,000 company-operated stores Tuesday afternoon to conduct anti-bias training for their more than 175,000 employees.

The training came after a white Philadelphia store manager called police on two black men who were waiting for a friend inside a Starbucks, but had not made a purchase. The video of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson being arrested quickly went viral last month, prompting the company to apologize.

The men reached a legal settlement with the city of Philadelphia for the sum of $1, in addition to the promise of a $200,000 grant to fund a pilot program aimed at helping local high-schoolers become entrepreneurs.


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Laura Ingraham highlighted some of the passages in the racial bias handbook handed out to employees in the training sessions. She said a Starbucks employee she spoke to on Tuesday pointed out that several black and Hispanic workers were "laughing through the book."

The book lays out so-called "Ground Rules," including "honor[ing] other people's truth."

Another section of the manual asked employees to recall when they first noticed their racial identity. Another asked employees about going "to work with your natural hair."

Fox News contributor Gianno Caldwell said the training sessions are all about protecting Starbucks' bottom line, since some African-Americans vowed to boycott Starbucks after the April arrests. 

Democratic strategist Michael Starr Hopkins said he appreciates what the company did, arguing "far too often in this country we're afraid to talk about race."

Watch the discussion above.


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