American Airlines Sparks Backlash Among Employees with BLM Uniform Pin

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

After announcing that flight attendants are allowed to wear Black Lives Matter pins on their uniform, American Airlines employees are expressing their hostility over the decision. The move has frustrated those who for instance have relatives among law enforcement, as the BLM riots in the wake of African American George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer tended to boil over into anti-police protests at large.

"I take offense to this", one flight attendant said in an email to airline management that was obtained by The New York Post. "And we will. How is that proper? I don't feel included".

"American is truly committed to having an inclusive culture that is welcoming to all and a reflection of our country and world", the airline's senior vice president for flight services, Jill Surdek, said to disgruntled employees in an email.

"One symbolic method to present our assist is thru a uniform pin", she stated.

"If this pin is sanctioned, I will wear my NYPD pin supporting the police department", he said. "We're working with our Black Skilled Community on designing a selected pin that could be worn with the uniform".

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But American Airlines is joining a growing list of companies that is allowing employees to display support for the Black Lives Matter movement on their uniforms. A pair of doctors in Alabama are donning black scrubs in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines told crew members over the weekend that the company was creating the special pins, following on a commitment from CEO Doug Parker to reexamine the company's diversity efforts and be more supportive of employees of color. Among those are employee resource groups for veteran, Christian and LGBTQ employees, as well as charities such as UNICEF and the WINGS Foundation.

American stated it views the BLM pin push "not as a political trigger however as a common trigger about humanity and equality". Fundamentally, Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality ...

At one point in the video, a Black woman wearing a "Nazi lives don't matter" shirt walked up to the couple, grabbed a beer off their table and chugged it in front of them.

AA lately introduced it was shedding 19,000 workers due to the coronavirus-fueled recession that crippled the journey enterprise.

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