Commonwealth Policy Center

A New Jersey jury awarded a former Starbucks manager $26.5 million for racial discrimination. But it’s not the kind of racial discrimination you think. Shannon Phillips is white. Starbucks fired her after implementing racial bias training that apparently led to racism. Phillips was embroiled in a race-sensitive situation and let go—not because of doing the wrong thing, but because she did the politically incorrect thing. Look, America is a melting pot where different races, ethnicities, and nationalities have been able to live in freedom to pursue their dreams. The idea of America is that we aren’t judged according to skin tone but by the merits of hard work and diligence. This is a lesson that Starbucks is learning the hard way. And the heavy fine is a reminder of how costly divisive race policies can be for corporate America.