The two men that calmly waited at a Philadelphia Starbucks would not have gotten arrested had they been white, suggests Touré Neblett in the Daily Beast. Many white Americans are conditioned by fear of black bodies. Some see them as naturally stronger, more aggressive and more likely to commit a crime. This has manifested in several innocent black men and boys having their lives ended by police. The Starbucks incident strongly reflects this issue. Many white Americans have a subconscious fear of black men. Arresting two people for calmly sitting at a table in a cafe is a highly disproportionate response.
While bias against black people does exist, the Starbucks incident, where two black men were arrested for not leaving, was not an example of this, states Philadelphia Police Chief Richard Ross, who is black, in the LA Times. The two men didn’t buy anything at the cafe and were denied when they asked to use the toilet. This is standard company policy at Starbucks. Then, when asked, they refused to leave, so the baristas called the police. Officers asked them to leave politely three times before resorting to arresting them. They were released shortly after. These rules apply equally to most people. It’s not an example of clear racism.