Members of Omega Psi Phi Rally Outside Of Philadelphia Starbucks To Protest Unjust Arrest Of Their Brother
Rashan Nelson was arrested during a business meeting at the Starbucks location on April 12.
April 23, 2018 at 3:15 pm
Dozens of members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. gathered in protest at the Philadelphia Starbucks where two unarmed black men were racially profiled and unjustly arrested. One of the men, Rashon Nelson, is a member of the fraternity.
According to NBC Philadelphia, nearly 60 people including Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, gathered outside the Starbucks in the city's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood Sunday afternoon.
“The strength of this country depends on us being able to work together as one,” said Grand Basileus Antonio F. Knox Sr., Omega Psi Phi’s national leader. “We need to take this opportunity to move forward. We’re asking Starbucks, and we’re going to ask others, to partner with us to create change to make that difference, because now is the time.”
Protests continue: The fraternity Omega Psi Phi is leading a rally outside @Starbucks today. Rashon Nelson, one of the two black men arrested here the other week, was a member of the frat at Bloomsburg University. pic.twitter.com/KOIvxMI7qB
— Evan Birnholz (@evanbirnholz) April 22, 2018
Starbucks came under fire April 12, when video footage circulated of two black men being arrested for sitting in the restaurant as they waited for a friend. The manager phoned police saying the men hadn't made a purchase yet. The racial bias motivating the call was palpable.
"Knowing Rashon personally, the kind of man he is, college student, college graduate and a very personable young man, it was an absolute shock to me," said Reese Lovelace, a friend of Nelson's and a member of Omega Psi Phi.
— Mikey (@hisey_mike) April 22, 2018
In response to the backlash Starbucks has been facing, the company plans to close its 8,000 U.S. stores on May 29 for racial bias training. Rallies such as the one held Sunday show that these types of incidents will not be swept under the rug. Something has to give because people are tired of the nonsense.