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Starbucks Sent Out a Memo to Its Employees Banning Gear That Supports Black Lives Matter Because it Could Incite Violence

A memo sent out to Starbucks employees specifically warned against staffers against wearing clothes or accessories that have to do with messages in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

An internal memo was obtained by Buzzfeed News, which reminded employees that messages like that are prohibited under the company’s policy against accessories that “advocated a political, religious or personal issue.”

Numerous employees, however, told Buzzfeed that the company regularly allows and supports employees that wear pins in support of LGBTQ+ equality, especially during Pride Month every June.

Starbucks LGBTQ+ partners wear LGBTQ+ pins and shirts, that also could incite and create violent experiences amongst partners and customers,” one black transgender employee of the coffee chain told BuzzFeed. “We have partners who experienced harassment and transphobia/homophobia for wearing their pins and shirts, and Starbucks still stands behind them.”

A video accompanied the memo, and it reportedly said, “agitators who misconstrue the fundamental principles” of the movement could seek to “amplify divisiveness” if the messages are displayed in stores.”

The memo also encouraged employees to reach out to Starbucks.

We know your intent is genuine and understand how personal this is for so many of us. This is important, and we hear you,”

A Starbucks company spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the memo to Buzzfeed and reiterated that they are trying to create a “safe and welcoming environment.

We respect all of our partners’ opinions and beliefs, and encourage them to bring their whole selves to work while adhering to our dress code policy,” the spokesperson said.

People on Twitter were having none of this, with some even using the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks.

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