American Airlines reports they are “investigating” a pilot for his comments on social media and on a podcast about a diversity curriculum for his local Dallas-area school district.
American Airlines is investigating one of its pilots after social media users urged the company to review his posts and podcasts criticizing Carroll ISD’s proposed diversity and inclusion initiative and its supporters.
Guy Midkiff, 62, is a Southlake resident who has been a pilot at American for 32 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“We are troubled by the allegations made and have launched an investigation into the matter,” an American Airlines representative said Wednesday in an email….
The Carroll Independent School District created the “Cultural Competence Action Plan” for its Southlake, Texas schools after video circulated three years ago showing students using a derogatory epithet for African-Americans.
The pilot has blasted the curriculum online, and the Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition which supports it. They, in turn, went to American Airlines claiming their employee is harassing them and sought to cancel him:
Your comments concern us so please DM the link where it shows the employee comments for us to take a closer look.
— americanair (@AmericanAir) May 10, 2021
While it doesn’t appear the pilot uses the highest form of rhetoric to engage in debate, the complaints against him do not cite a single instance where he even uses any individual’s name (“targeting individual minors”) or where he “accost[s]” anyone as the critics claim, he merely… criticizes them.
Your employee has been harassing students and community members relentlessly for months for speaking out against the racism they experience in our town. From targeting individual minors and accosting our organization, here are just some of his most recent unprofessional comments: https://t.co/jsr4ts3Sqk pic.twitter.com/7b9xhV83jZ
— Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition (@SouthlakeARC) May 10, 2021
UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh comments on the case, “Because, you know, diversity and inclusion is all about getting people fired for expressing their views in a political debate.”
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker went viral last year for an encounter with a flight attendant on Southwest Airlines while reading White Fragility. Parker wears a Black Lives Matter wristband and is pushing for hate crime laws in all 50 states. Parker says that Republican voting law efforts target people of color (he’s not wrong).
This isn’t the first time recently that Parker has dunked on Republicans. He was a Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton donor, and while he’s given to Republicans in the past decade that’s tended to skew towards the politically useful such as home-state Senators and members of Congressional committees with influence over airlines.
Remember when you used to think that ‘big business’ was aligned with Republicans, and anti-progressive?