American Airlines has permitted its employees to wear a Black Lives Matter pin on their uniforms after employees saw workers and patrons at other companies wearing the symbolic pins.
The employees asked about the BLM pins, and American Airlines obliged.
"American Airlines believes in equity and inclusion for all," the company said in its statement. "Fundamentally, we believe Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality, not a political statement," the statement continued.”
The decision has been met with both criticism and support on social media, either way, American Airlines stands by its decision to promote equality and not pin the statement as political. Several employees also spoke out in disagreement.
"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,” the company stated.
American Airlines also allows employees to wear pins representing recognized groups based on beliefs or backgrounds including religious faiths, nationalities, military service, and LGBTQ pride. Flight attendants can wear up to three pins on their uniform. The airline has begun preliminary work with its Black Professional Network to customize its own company-brand BLM pin, according to the statement.
The airline said the decision "underscores our belief that all people, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity, deserve to be treated with equality and respect."
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