T.I. Sees ‘No Other Answer’ Than to Boycott Starbucks: ‘An Apology Ain’t Gonna Get It’ [VIDEO]
By now, most of us have seen that disturbing, infuriating video of two black men being arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks for literally just sitting there.
The men were arrested last week, after a Starbucks manager dialed 911 and said they were trespassing because they hadn't purchased anything as they waited for their associate to arrive. The incident was caught on video, and a public outcry followed the arrest.
"We should preserve our right to stop spending our money at places that don't respect us equally," he answered. "Until they've made some progressive steps to let us know how they plan on rectifying the situation I don't see no other answer. If there's one thing that America has shown us, there's only two ways that you can get their attention— the loss of life and the loss of finances. It's just too much that's been left undone when it comes to us being treated equally and fairly in this country."
Tip also said he doesn't have anything personally against Starbucks, but right is right. "Ultimately, the greater good of all is my priority," he said.
Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, has since apologized for the incident, calling the arrests "reprehensible." The two men who were arrested have agreed to meet with him.
But Tip went on to say that he's not going to Starbucks until the company properly addresses the issue. Yesterday, more than two dozen protesters crowded into the Starbucks chanting, “Starbucks coffee is anti-black.”
"Just an apology ain't gonna get," T.I. said. "Every time we've been slighted, every time we've been disrespected, every time we've been devalued, it's always just like a tweet or an apology. Nah, there needs to be real action taken."
Of course, Tip is no stranger to calling out business for unfair treatment. Late last year, he boycotted an Atlanta-area Houston's after he caught wind of what some customers said was discriminatory treatment. He's since lifted the boycott and is assisting the company in diversity endeavors.
Check the clip via TMZ above.
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