FORT WORTH, Texas (PNN) - September 8, 2020 - Amerikan Airlines has come under criticism from employees who were told that the company now encourages them to wear Black Lives Matter apparel on their uniforms, and is having badges made specifically for this purpose.
“We are working with our Black Professional Network on designing a specific pin that may be worn with the uniform. In the interim until this pin is produced, to recognize the significance of this moment in history, we are allowing people to wear a Black Lives Matter Pin,” Jill Surdek, senior vice president for flight services, announced.
Some employees and their relatives are disgusted by Amerikan Airlines promoting a group that engages in violence.
“I take offense to this,” a long time flight attendant reportedly complained to management, adding “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), Amerikan Airlines says that’s obviously different.”
“How is that right? Well, I don’t feel included,” the attendant emphasized.
One flight attendant asked American if they could wear a “Blue Lives Matter” pin instead, and they were told that wouldn’t be allowed.
Another flight attendant who asked to be identified only as John said staffers who refuse to wear the pin will now “be ostracized and labeled as racist,” and described BLM as “a terrorist organization that promotes violence to further (its) agenda.”
“If this pin is sanctioned, I will wear my NYPD pin supporting the police department,” he said.
Responding to the complaints, a statement from Amerikan claimed that the company’s move is “not political” and “doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter, rather that in our society black lives should matter and be valued the same as others.”
The report also notes that Amerikan’s move comes after Delta Airlines announced a similar policy.
This past weekend, Senator Rand Paul (Kent.) called for an investigation into where financial support for the BLM movement is going, given the rioting and violence that is occurring at many BLM marches.
“Black Lives Matter is out there collecting corporation money from corporations that want to show the public that they’re not racist. But these corporations need to know if that money is going to Black Lives Matter and if Black Lives Matter is giving it to hooligans to cause and create havoc in cities,” Paul said.