In an official statement, Starbucks president Cliff Burrows wrote:
The goals of the Diversity and Inclusion team include building a diverse workforce, increasing cultural competencies, shaping a culture of inclusion and developing a diverse network of suppliers.
Indeed, back in 2012, Starbucks showed its commitment to affirmative action by supporting the University of Texas at Austin against a lawsuit that challenged its racial policies. According to colorlines:
Basketball Coaches and Starbucks Push For Affirmative Action
They may be strange bedfellows, but there is one issue of national import that the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Obama administration and Starbucks have come together to support: affirmative action.
This goal, along with fiscal considerations, have motivated Starbucks’ board of directors to oust CEO Howard Schultz and to replace him with an undocumented alien from Mexico named Pedro. In a statement that shocked many, managing director William Bradley explained:
True diversity must start at the top. Starbucks is sincerely committed to diversity and, frankly, as long as the public face of our company is that of a white male, this goal cannot be realized. It is time to replace the old with the new, the worn-out with the vibrant, the past with the future. Mr. Schultz represents an oppressive past. In the new America, there is no justification for white males to rule over an increasingly diverse workforce.
Furthermore, Mr. Schultz has cost us $28.9 million dollars this past year alone. We, as board of directors, must answer to our shareholders. I am proud to announce that we have found a better candidate for this job: Pedro. Pedro, as an undocumented alien, will earn minimum wage and no more. He will not have special stock options or private security. Pedro will also be responsible for clearing the leaves from our corporate park.
So far, there has been no public reaction from Mr. Schultz. However, sources have indicated that President Obama has invited him for a beer.