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Black Men Arrested at Starbucks Prove You Can Use Any Platform to Turn a Negative into a Positive

*By now everyone has heard the story about the two brothers led out of a Philadelphia Starbucks in the prestigious Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in handcuffs after the white female manager called the police on them. The men were waiting for a business associate. They were going to speak on real estate. The manager got frustrated because she said the men would not buy anything and refused to leave.

A furor over the incident quickly ensued. People in the restaurant, white, Black and other, were seen recording the incident with cellphones and asking police, “But what did they do?”

Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, even issued an apology and the manager was let go.

These two men who spent several hours in a jail cell were eventually released with no charges filed.  Johnson dropped everything and came to Philly to personally apologize to the men. But by now  the momentum for a greater movement had started; and if Starbucks and the police thought this would be the end of it…

…They thought wrong.

Rashon Nelson, being led out of Starbucks in handcuffs,  said he considers this a case of being at “the wrong place at the right time because of the outcome that can come out of it.”

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