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Here's the context behind the viral Starbucks story you're not hearing anywhere else

It turns out, there's more than meets the eye in the widely sensationalized Starbucks story that's gripped the nation and reignited the debate on race relations and racial bias.

Within days of a video going viral depicting two black men being arrested by police officers at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, the company vowed to close nearly 8,000 of its coffee shops May 29 to conduct "racial bias-training" for about 175,000 of its associates.

A former manager told Apple News loitering has been a running problem at the Philadelphia location where the men were arrested, but that hasn't been the main focus of all the outrage.

"The biggest issue with this is the pitch-fork mentality that we have nowadays on these issues," said Jason Butrill on Tuesday's episode of "The News and Why it Matters."

"No one's even considering the rest of the context of this story. The manager of the store said that 'Look, this is a very popular area. We have an issue with this. So our Starbucks is a little bit different because we actually have a loitering policy.'"

"But apparently, they vigorously, vigorously enforce it there."

According to Fox News, "The training measures will reportedly be designed by Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Heather McGhee of Demos and Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League, as well as former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder."

The training will also become routine for future Starbucks employees.

"We have a deep addiction to outrage," added Glenn Beck.

See the panel's reaction to the story in the clip above and hear what the Philadelphia Police Department had to say about the incident.

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