'Anti-Black' ADL Given Lesser Role In Starbucks Diversity Training After Backlash

Chris Menahan
Apr. 30, 2018

The ADL is getting hoisted on their own petard.

From JTA:
The Anti-Defamation League is no longer taking a leading role in next monthís diversity training at Starbucks stores across the United States, serving instead in an consulting role.

Initially, the groupís CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, was one of four civil rights leaders tapped to develop the coffee giantís all-day anti-bias training next month across its 8,000 U.S. locations...

But Starbucks announced in a Wednesday press release that the ADL will now be one of "a diverse array of organizations and civil rights experts" that Starbucks will consult. Other groups in the consulting role include those combating anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT and anti-Latino bigotry.
Didn't this all start because two black guys claimed they were discriminated against for being black? Why are these other groups trying to appropriate their victimization narrative?
[...]Greenblattís original role was criticized by left wing activists who objected to, among other things, ADLís work with police departments and its support of Israel. One of the most prominent critics was Tamika Mallory, one of the leaders of the Womenís March, whom the ADL has criticized for supporting Louis Farrakhan, a virulent anti-Semite.

One of the groups that had protested the ADLís role was Jewish Voice for Peace, which advocates for a boycott of Israel. JVP, which has campaigned against an ADL program that brings American police officers to Israel for counter-terrorism training, praised Starbucks in a press release.

ďThe demotion of the ADL from a leadership role is a clear reflection of the recognition by a wide variety of social justice organizations and individuals that the ADLís status as a civil rights organization is compromised given its history and practices of anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Black racism,Ē Rebecca Vilkomerson, JVPís executive director, said in the press release.
The "Rainbow Coalition" is fracturing.

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