American Airlines will let workers wear Black Lives Matter pins on their uniforms, calling it a matter of equality and not politics.
With the move, American signs up with Starbucks, Delta Air Lines and other major companies that let workers use products supporting the movement that protests police violence versus African Americans.
An American Airlines spokeswoman said Tuesday that Black employees saw workers at other airline companies using a Black Lives Matter pin and asked if they might too.
“Fundamentally, we believe Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality, not a political statement,” said the spokeswoman, Sarah Jantz. “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.”
American, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, is dealing with Black workers to create the pin. The airline company enables other pins consisting of ones supporting Christians, veterans and LGBTQ individuals.
Starbucks apparently prohibited staff members from wearing Black Lives Matter shirts, then produced one for workers to wear in June.
American’s decision drew mixed evaluations on Twitter. Some individuals applauded the airline company, while others called Black Lives Matter a domestic terrorist group, a label used by Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney.
Trump urged advocates to boycott Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. after a Kansas Television station reported that it allowed employees to wear Black Lives Matter outfit however not clothes with the pro-police Blue Lives Matter or Trump’s project slogan. Goodyear’s CEO stated the company would let workers wear clothing support law enforcement but would continue to ask workers not to wear outfit supporting political candidates while on the job.