In fact, in a just-released outtake from the documentary Sonicsgate, the Native American author considers the coffee giant to be nothing short of an oasis of egalitarianism for joe drinkers whose skin tones are closer to the color of mocha than milk.
"Howard Schultz took Starbucks from a little shop in Pike Place to an international sensation; that's amazing. It would be hypocritical for me to go on and on about Ray Allen's jump shot, celebrating the hard work of an NBA player, without going on and on about the hard work of Howard Schultz. So I'm not angry at him based on some liberal notion that he's inherently evil and awful because he's a corporate honcho," says Alexie. "I admire his success, and I have no issue with Starbucks. Nothing will make you happier than when you're driving through the Midwest and you see a Starbucks sign--especially if you're a minority in areas that you don't know. You don't know if that mom and pop joint is safe; you don't know if they like Indians or not.But you see a Starbucks, and you're like, 'Yeah, Starbucks doesn't care'...So there's something inherently democratic about greed: That the greedier the corporate monster, you know, the safer you are in there as an ethnic minority."
Here's a full video accounting of Alexie's feelings toward Schultz the Starbucks savant, and Schultz the Sonic saboteur: