"The moral fiber, the values, and what we as a country have stood for is literally hanging in the abyss," Howard Schultz told employees
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Seattle. photo: AP/Elaine Thompson, photo: AP/Elaine Thompson
17 of August 2017 15:17:07
After the violence, President Donald Trump was blasted for putting the blame on both sides and saying both sides included "very fine people." Schultz was not a member of either of Trump's two panels of business leaders that dissolved Wednesday after several CEOs stepped down in protest of Trump's comments. And he told his employees Tuesday he'd let the actions and words of the president speak for themselves."What we witnessed this past weekend ... is against every sense of what is right," he said. "My fear is not only that this behavior is being given permission and license, but its conduct is being normalized to the point where people are no longer hiding their face."Telling employees he was speaking to them "as an American, as a Jew, as a parent, as a grandparent," Schultz said it's hard to remain optimistic about the country's future "in the midst of such a storm," but he still is.Starbucks and Schultz have been outspoken on social issues.
"I know we're better than this. The bigotry, hatred, and senseless violence against people who are not white cannot stand.”—Howard Schultz pic.twitter.com/JWpOmIV0H0— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) August 16, 2017