American Airlines is facing backlash for their new policy allowing flight attendants to wear BLM pins while working.
The airline company wrote in a company wide-announcement “Clearly we live in a time where it is so important to have a dialogue about this important issue of racism in our society and try to find common ground. American is truly committed to having an inclusive culture that is welcoming to all and a reflection of our country and world.”
They added “This is why American is so committed to creating a more tolerant and diverse team. Through our partnership with American’s office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we are continuing to work through an overall plan for addressing these issues in our workplace.”
American Airlines said AA’s Black Professional network will design a uniform pin, as a way to show support.
However, not everyone was a fan of the initiative.
According to the NY Post, one veteran flight attendant said “I take offense to this. 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.”
She added “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.”
Another flight attendant who talked to the NY Post expressed concern that staffers who don’t wear the pin will now “be ostracized and labeled as racist,” and described BLM as “a terrorist organization that promotes violence to further their agenda.”
“If this pin is sanctioned, I will wear my NYPD pin supporting the police department,” he said.”