Starbucks will let employees wear own Black Lives Matter gear after all in wake of backlash

Starbucks is backtracking on its policy barring store employees from wearing their own Black Lives Matter clothing and accessories after a backlash this week that included calls for a boycott of the coffee company.

Earlier this week, Buzzfeed reported that Starbucks would not let employees sport Black Lives Matter-themed clothing or accessories, positing that such items could create frictions with customers. The stance struck many as hypocritical given Starbucks’ public positions on racial justice, including a corporate tweet on June 4 saying unequivocally “Black Lives Matter.”

In a letter to staff on Friday, Starbucks’ operations chief Roz Brewer, herself black, and

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