6 TOP Brands Involved in Racial Scandals: Papa John’s, Uber + 4 More

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John Schnatter, Papa John’s outspoken chairman has resigned after using a racial slur (n-word), Bloomberg reports.

Check out this and five more cases were brands gave racially inappropriate comments.

Papa John’s founder resigns as he used n-word

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The founder and chairman and Pizza chain Papa John’s has resigned right after he apologized for using a racial slur (n-word) during a conference call in May.

“Papa John’s condemns racism and any insensitive language, no matter the situation or setting … We take great pride in the diversity of the Papa John’s family, though diversity and inclusion is an area we will continue to strive to do better,” the company stated.

Also, John Schnatter resigned as CEO last year, after stating that the football players kneeling during the national anthem to blame for the slowing sales growth.

Uber HR chief resigns in racism scandal

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Source: People Matters

Uber’s Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey has resigned after an investigation proved that she regularly ignored racial discrimination complaints.

The anonymous group of Uber workers stated that Hornsey used racially discriminatory language and made negative comments about Uber Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Bernard Coleman and offended former Uber executive Bozoma Saint John.

General Electric

In 2016, 60 African American workers filed suit against General Electric for racial slurs. The suit alleged that one of the managers called discriminate colleagues by calling them N-word, “monkey,” and “lazy blacks.”

Also, he refused to allow black workers to go on the bathroom breaks and didn’t provide medical attention. Moreover, he fired black workers because of their race

Heineken racist advert

Heineken’s new commercial for its light beer was removed after it received some complaints that it was racist. You can check out more worst advertising fails here.

Chance the Rapper was the first one to draw attention to this ‘terribly racist’ and considered the advert was intentionally provocative to stir conversation and get more views.

Here’s the advertisement itself:

ABC’s “Roseanne”

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Source: ABC

ABC’s top TV show “Roseanne” was recently canceled following racist comments from Roseanne Barr, but that’s not the only show that has been closed due to controversy.

In a now-deleted tweet, Barr compared Valerie Jarrett, Barack Obama’s former advisor, to an ape. Barr apologized “for making a bad joke about her and her looks,” but the damage was already done.

In a statement, ABC President Channing Dungey called Barr’s statement “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values,” which led to the cancellation.

Starbucks launched racial-bias training

Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon on May 29 to educate employees about racial bias.

The special training will be provided to about 175,000 company’s workers. Such a decision is a reaction to the latest incident – the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks without making an order last week. The store manager called the police.

After the incident upset many customers, Starbucks issued a three-sentence apology on social media, which received even more backlash.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson had a personal meeting with the two men on Monday and apologized for how they were treated. The company says the manager who called the police is no longer working at that store.

“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.


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