One of the nation’s top airlines is hitting turbulence after scrambling too quickly to embrace the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which many Americans are learning to associate with violence, liberal politics and condemnation of any law enforcement as “racist.”
Top officials at the nation’s largest commercial jet carrier announced that flight attendants are now allowed to wear Black Lives Matter pins on their uniforms while on duty. The move angered some of American’s white New York staffers, including those who have friends or relatives who are police officers.
“I take offense to this,” one flight attendant said in an email to airline management which was obtained by The New York 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?”
Another flight attendant wondered whether staffers who refuse to wear the pin will now “be ostracized and labeled as racist,” and characterized BLM as “a terrorist organization that promotes violence to further their agenda.”
American said it views the BLM pin push “not as a political cause but as a universal cause about humanity and equality. Fundamentally, Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality.”
Angry airline employees also accused American of jumping on the Black Live Matter bandwagon to keep up with Delta Airlines, which reportedly has designed its own BLM pin for its flight attendants to wear.