The two black men who were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks,
Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, have accepted a symbolic settlement of $1 and a promised $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.
Their April 12 arrest sparked massive protests at the coffee chain around the country.
Last month, Robinson and Nelson visited a Starbucks in the wealthy Philadelphia neighborhood of
"We thought long and hard about it and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see. It's not a right-now thing that's good for right now, but I feel like we will see the true change over time."
Nelson and Robinson's move has been applauded on Twitter.
Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith praised the action as "smart" and "vital."
$1 each, plus a $200,000 fund that a nonprofit organization will direct to assist young entrepreneurs in Philadelphia. This was a smart way for Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson to maximize their leverage, and to make a vital point. Now pay up, @Starbucks. https://t.co/k7GsmNSotI— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 2, 2018
Conservative personality Wayne Dupree had similar sentiments.
Two black men arrested at Starbucks settle for $1; Gives 200K to young entrepreneurs program ⋆ Way to turn a negative into a positive and support our young men and women.— Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) May 2, 2018
Others, such as Tariq Nasheed, were skeptical of the settlement.
The Black men who were arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks “settled” for Starbucks to donate money to “young entrepreneurs”. Will these entrepreneurs be Black? These vague terms sound fishy— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) May 2, 2018
It should be noted that this agreement is with the city of Philadelphia. Starbucks has reached a separate settlement with the two men, according to The Independent.