Ferguson was virtually unknown to most Americans until a black teen bum-rushed a white police officer forcing the latter to defend himself. The teen, Michael Brown, died as a result.
The media exploited the death, convincing many Americans there is an epidemic of white cops pointlessly killed black teens; that black people are ultimately victims of white privilege.
Apparently Starbucks' management team is among the convinced. The chain came under criticism when it launched a discussion-about-race campaign. Many noted the company played the race card hypocritically: It had no stores in riot-riveted Ferguson.
To their credit, the company is doing what most privileged white liberals believe to be unconscionable: It is locating in a violent black hot spot.
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The Ferguson store is part of a previously announced plan to open 300 Starbucks locations this year, including many in racially diverse areas, a spokesman said Thursday. The details are still being finalized and Starbucks did not say when the Ferguson store would serve its first espresso.
Protests and riots erupted in Ferguson last summer after a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. No charges were brought against Wilson, but the incident sparked unrest nationwide and brought questions of race relations in America to the fore.
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