BLM Controversy: Is American Airlines the New Goodyear?
Last month, Goodyear Tires wound up in the national spotlight after an employee blew the whistle on a training he attended in which the company informed workers that they could wear attire supporting Black Lives Matter…but NOT attire supporting “All Lives Matter,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “MAGA,” or anything else that resembled a conservative, pro-police position. Goodyear leaders scrambled to assure the media that they fully support the cops, but the damage was done.
Now, one of the nation’s largest airlines could be on the verge of experiencing a similar backlash.
From The New York Post:
There’s pin-demonium brewing at American Airlines.
Top brass at the nation’s largest commercial jet carrier is facing turbulence from within after it announced that flight attendants are now allowed to wear Black Lives Matter pins on their uniforms while on duty.
The move has irked some of American’s white New York staffers, including those who have spouses or relatives who are cops — because they consider the BLM movement divisive and anti-police, saying it promotes or condones violence.
“I take offense to this,” one veteran flight attendant said in an email to airline management obtained by The Post. “Serious offense. My husband is a LEO (Law Enforcement Officer), as was my deceased father and as far as I’m concerned ALL LIVES MATTER.”
“I am completely disgusted at the fact that we can’t show support for our GOD, our COUNTRY, our LEOs but when it comes to BLM organization (which is controversial in itself), American Airlines says that’s obviously different,” she wrote. “And we can. How is that right? Well, I don’t feel included.”
There is a certain amount of daylight between the American Airlines policy and the training slides that came out of Goodyear; namely, we haven’t heard specifically that the company is forbidding employees from wearing pins that support other political positions.
That said, we would be pretty shocked if that isn’t the policy. It’s difficult to believe that American officials would look the other way if a flight attendant wanted to wear a MAGA pin. We’ll reserve judgment on that until we know for sure, but let’s just say we’re extremely skeptical that this is a no-holds-barred, free speech position on the part of the company.
Indeed, in a statement, American Airlines echoed some of the same nonsense we heard from Goodyear – that BLM is “not a political cause but a universal cause about humanity and equality.”
This is the kind of foolishness that liberals say when they haven’t done their homework. Unfortunately, it is through this exact misconception that BLM has gained so much unchallenged power.