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Larry Wilmore tackles Starbucks controversy: "What if we just serve coffee and not talk about black stuff?"

The #RaceTogether debate continues


Colin Gorenstein
March 24, 2015 6:35PM (UTC)

Starbucks' #RaceTogether campaign lasted a good week before Internet rage brought the "empathetic" effort to a screeching halt.

Larry Wilmore checked in with the campaign (and subsequent hate-tweets) on Monday night's "Nightly Show." Wilmore was able to acknowledge that CEO Howard Schulz's heart was in the right place with the campaign. Others on the Internet are having a bit more trouble following suit.

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"I don't have time to explain 400 years of oppression to you and still make my train," one Twitter user wrote.

"Starbucks was not blasted for having a conversation about race," Wilmore said. "They were blasted for wanting to have a conversation on race. That's how much we need to have a conversation about race. We can't even talk about talking about it."

To really bring his point home, Wilmore sent "Nightly Show" staffers into the wild to strike up some "#AwkwardTogether" conversations with Starbucks customers.

Watch the clip below:


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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