An American Airline flight attendant who wore a “Black Lives Matter” pin has become the center of debate on social media after a woman found the image “disgraceful” and posted it on the Facebook page of the airline to call its attention.
Facebook user Maggie Dietrich Dryden , a Ft. Lauderdale police officer, uploaded the secretly taken photo of an unnamed airline staff who wore a BLM pin while on duty on the Facebook page of American Airlines with the caption “ Disgraceful”. Based on the candid photo however, the man looked innocent enough and did not appear to bear any hint of “disgrace” as Dietrich would like to suggest.
Even so, the administrator of the page responded with a form of acknowledgement less than 20 minutes later.
With American Airlines’ apparent consideration of Dietrich’s condemnation of the airline employee, netizens immediately flooded the online conversation with support for the flight attendant.
Most of the comments pointed out that there was nothing that the man did wrong and punishing him would be injustice.
Some even went as far as calling for a boycott of the airline should anything disciplinary happen to the employee.
Other commenters also called out Dietrich for being racist in condemning a group which originated from the African-American community and is strongly campaigning against violence and systemic racism toward black people.
Dietrich responded to the backlash by painting how violent the group is:
“BLM supports the murder of police officers. They burn down cities and disrupt the lives of other citizens. Why? Exactly which part of that are you in support of?”
Her response however, earned a lengthy reply lecturing her on not demonizing a particular group just because she doesn’t agree with it.
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Black Lives Matter began on social media via the use of hashtag #BlackLivesMatter following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013. He was implicated in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin.
Two more African American deaths in 2014 resulted in street demonstrations propagated by the movement. Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson and Eric Garner’s in New York City expanded the campaign of Black Lives Matter.