Starbucks men

The city of Philadelphia has settled with the two African-American men who were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks without ordering anything.

For one dollar apiece.

The two men negotiated instead for the city to earmark $200,000 to fund a program to support young black entrepreneurs.

I have been impressed from the start by the calm and grace these two men have displayed from the ugly beginning of this controversy to the hopeful fruit it appears to be bearing.

The two men, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, both 23, will partner with a nonprofit to release grants from the fund.

Incidentally, there is nothing in this personally for either man.

Neither Robinson nor Nelson will receive one penny from the fund, the Philadelphia mayor’s office said.

"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," Robinson said.

"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."

You couldn’t script a better ending to a very bad situation that could have been much, much worse if not for the uncommon poise of Robinson and Nelson.

Their actions, coupled with the extraordinary heroism and kindness of James Shaw Jr. during the Waffle House shooting near Nashvile make me proud and humble.

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