STARBUCKS FOR AMERICA
Rana Foroohar’s Feb. 16 profile of Starbucks CEO and social activist Howard Schultz–in which she explores his possible political ambitions–struck a chord with readers and the business media. Aurora King of La Jolla, Calif., was thrilled that mogul David Geffen had encouraged Schultz to run for President. “Leadership is so sadly lacking in the world. Schultz more than fills the bill,” she wrote. CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin called the Geffen nugget “one of the most interesting revelations in the piece.” “Kudos to Schultz for training disadvantaged workers, hiring veterans … and providing generous health insurance benefits,” wrote Maryannette Bednar, calling him a “farsighted CEO.” In a video report, Yahoo Finance’s Aaron Task riffed on Schultz’s observation, garnered from reading consumer data early each morning, that working Americans have a “fractured level of trust and confidence.” “We could have told you that without getting up at 4:30 a.m.,” joked Task, before calling Schultz “a visionary founder” with the ability to “drive the conversation within his party.”
The tennis star’s essay on her decision to play at the Indian Wells, Calif., tournament, which she had boycotted for 14 years over racist booing, was shared thousands of times on Twitter and Facebook. Though a few readers questioned whether the booing (which came after sister Venus dropped out late in the 2001 tournament) was racially motivated, most reactions were like this tweet from journalist Judd Legum: “Serena Williams = The Best/My Hero.” Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson added in comments to the Nation that her decision, after years of battle in a largely white and sometimes hostile sport, “suggests the majestic arc of forgiveness in black life that has helped to redeem America.”
SCHOOLS OPTING OUT
Many teachers praised Haley Sweetland Edwards’ coverage of the backlash against standardized testing in schools. One of them, Ayla Tektas of Madison, N.J., suggested to test-promoting politicians, “Let’s tie your salaries and numbers of years you get to spend on the job to the numbers of kids who don’t go to bed hungry.” Carlos Rangel of Fletcher, N.C., though, was concerned that “the article does not mention the poor results U.S. students are getting when they compete with students from other countries.”
OBAMA’S “EVOLUTION” ON GAY MARRIAGE
“The President is no fool, and understood the game of politics,” wrote RicardoRivera in response to an article on TIME.com by Zeke J. Miller reporting an excerpt from David Axelrod’s new book; it describes the President as privately backing marriage equality in 2008 despite publicly saying he supported only civil unions. (Axelrod says he and other advisers encouraged that stance for political reasons.) On Twitter, New York Times political reporter Nick Confessore linked to the piece, writing, “More proof that we in the media should be tougher on politicians who say they ‘evolve’ on an issue like gay marriage.”
In last year’s TIME 100 issue, we profiled Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, who became an icon after speaking out about her harrowing experience as an Indonesian migrant domestic worker. (She alleged that her Hong Kong employer tortured, starved and enslaved her.) On Feb. 10, after a six-week trial that sparked migrant-worker protests throughout Hong Kong, the employer, Law Wan-tung, a 44-year-old mother of two, was convicted on 18 charges, including grievous bodily harm, failure to pay wages and criminal intimidation. At the court, Sulistyaningsih’s supporters waved blown-up versions of the drawing of her for TIME by Michael Hoeweler (above). And she told reporters she plans to keep fighting so that those in power “start treating migrant workers as workers and human beings and stop treating us like slaves.”
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This appears in the February 23, 2015 issue of TIME.
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