Starbucks announced that, beginning Sunday, it will no longer ask employees to write "Race Together" on customers' cups. But don't worry, spokesman Jim Olson insists that it's not a response to the entire world pointing out that this was an incredibly stupid idea to begin with.

Nope, phasing out the handwritten messages was planned all along.

Via the AP:

...the cups were always "just the catalyst" for a broader conversation, and the company will still hold forum discussions, co-produce special sections in USA TODAY and put more stores in minority communities as part of the Race Together initiative.

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So don't worry, though they're phasing out writing on cups, Starbucks will still continue to be the official brand of complicated dialogues on race.

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