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Former BU student racially profiled at Starbucks in Philly

Bitania Yemane, News Editor

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      A video went viral two weeks ago when two men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks coffee shop while sitting and waiting for a third party to enter for a meeting. One of those men was former Bloomsburg University student Rashon Nelson. The manager of the store called the police and Nelson along with  Donte Robinson were arrested and taken into custody for eight hours.


      The 23 year old spoke out for the first time about the incident a week later  and told the Associated Press that he was worried about the situation spinning out of control and that he might possibly die. “Anytime I’m encountered by cops, I can honestly say it’s a thought that runs through my mind. You never know what’s going to happen,” said Nelson

      The CEO of Starbucks announced that it will close 8,000 of its stores on May 29 for ‘racial-bias education day.’ They will train all of their employees that day to educate  them on racial discrimination and to “promote inclusion.”
The video of the arrest had over 11 million views

     Nelson is a part of the Alpha eta Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc and his fraternity brother at BU is planning to have a march sometime soon about the situation.
“I just hope this incident will lead to change,” said Nelson.

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Former BU student racially profiled at Starbucks in Philly