One of the black men who was racially profiled by a Starbucks manager has received the full backing and support from his national fraternity.
Rashon Nelson is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Alpha Eta chapter and graduated from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania in 2017.
The finance major and member of the historically black fraternity was waiting -with his business partner – on a colleague in the Center City Philadelphia location when manager Holly Hylton called police.
Nelson was also listed as being a warehouse worker at Amazon on his LinkedIn.
Following the initial national coverage, members of Omega Psi Phi – one of the ‘Divine Nine’ historic black Greek organizations – took to social media to share their support for one of their brothers.
‘The times that we are living in continue to unveil the bold and dark side of racism through the lens of ready cameras of witnesses that record the injustices that are reported daily,’ said Antonio F. Knox Sr., the Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, before calling Nelson is a ‘remarkable example of resilient courage in the fake of undeserved fire.’
‘I thank God for His sense of presence and calm because the encounter with police officers could have been very different.’
The Grand Basileus then goes on to quote Martin Luther King before issuing a rallying call for the members of Omega Psi Phi.
Knox continued: ‘Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”’
‘Brothers, I say to you fifty-five years later that now is the Time! This was very clearly racial injustice but maybe this case will be the catalyst to create the positive change that we seek. When people of all diversities, ethnicities and cultures stand to speak out, the world takes notice.’
Knox goes on to mention Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson who met with the two black men who were arrested in the store last week and apologized to them.
A Starbucks spokeswoman confirmed the meeting happened Monday but declined to give any details. A lawyer for the men did not immediately return messages for comment.
‘I applaud his sincerity but the change within his company must include the training of management and employees on the correct procedures to embrace and understand diversity and continuously act accordingly,’ Knox added. ‘This will determine if Starbucks gets this right.’
‘My Brothers, let’s continue to lift as we climb to show this world how good it will be when we all turn to the solid rock of brotherhood and mankind! WE ARE ONE!’
SOURCE: MATTHEW WRIGHT