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American Airlines Shows Support With Black Lives Matter Pins
American Airlines is the latest airline to show support for the BLM movement by backing their employees who wear Black Lives Matter pins while on the job. According to USA TODAY, American Airlines is working with its Black Professional Network to design a company-specific Black Lives Matter pin that may be worn with the American uniform. Until a company pin is created, employees will be allowed to wear their own Black Lives Matter pins.
“American Airlines believes in equity and inclusion for all,” read a statement from American provided to USA TODAY by representative Sarah Jantz. “In light of the appropriate attention to lives of Black Americans, we will allow team members who wish to wear a Black Lives Matter pin to do so if they choose.”
The statement also emphasized the company’s belief that all people, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity, deserve to be treated with equality and respect.
“Fundamentally, we believe Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality, not a political statement,” the statement continued. “It doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter, rather that in our society Black lives should matter and be valued the same as others. We are showing our support for our Black colleagues and customers who have experienced discrimination and injustice, not any particular organization.”
This move comes a week after Delta Airlines supported a Black passenger, Demetria Poe, who was harassed by her White seatmate. Poe says the woman swapped her American flag facemask for a Blue Lives Matter facemask when she realized she would be seated next to Poe.
Delta Airlines replied to Poe’s viral Facebook post about the incident writing, “”When we say Black lives matter, we mean it. You matter to us, Demetria.”