Now that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has encouraged us to start a discussion about race with our local baristas, you may feel at a loss for something to say. Here are a few suggestions.
To a white barista:
"Why are you so racist?"
"You know you only got this great job because of your white privilege, right?"
"So how many people of color did you oppress today?"
"You won't really be happy until you see black people back in chains, will you?"
"Still bitterly clinging to your guns and religion and lattes, eh?"
"How does it feel to be part of a dying breed?"
To a barista of color:
"How much do you hate white people, really?"
"Do you feel that racial differences in IQ are genetic or environmental in origin?"
"Do you think rioting and looting are the legacy of slavery?"
"You do know you're a lot better off here than you would be in your native country, right?"
"Is the knockout game a legitimate form of protest?"
"So, got your green card yet?"
Some of these questions may feel uncomfortably direct. But rest assured, you'll only be doing as you were instructed.