August 16, 2022

A Starbucks barista just used a racist slur on a Mexican customer’s drink, stirring outrage

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The outpouring of stories depicting casual acts of racism by self-entitled and deeply prejudiced white people against people of color minding their own business is a very disturbing glimpse into the dark belly of racism that permeates American society.


The most recent incident comes from a Starbucks in California, where a barista decided to write a racial slur, “beaner,” on a coffee cup belonging to a Hispanic man named Pedro, who was understandably furious.

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The slur refers to the stereotype of Latin American cuisine containing large amounts of beans, carrying a much more venomous connotation than one might originally think.

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This is the second high-profile act of racism to occur in a Starbucks in recent months; just a few weeks ago a barista in Philadelphia called the police on two black men who were waiting for a friend to arrive before ordering, resulting in their humiliating arrest and prompting the coffee chain to shut down all 8,000 stores to hold racial sensitivity training.

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Clearly, the performative gesture did not have a substantial effect on the prejudices of its baristas.

The slew of stories about white people calling the cops on black people – a seemingly innocuous act that could turn into a death sentence for the unfortunate people on the other end – and the random acts of racism by Trump fans being committed every day makes it clear that white supremacy is still alive and well in America – and growing worse every day, thanks to our white supremacist President.

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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