American Airlines confirmed Wednesday the company is investigating a Texas pilot who criticized an education plan that introduces critical race theory into his local school district.
What is the background?
After a video went viral three years ago showing teenage students using the N-word at a party in Southlake, Texas, the Carroll Independent School District created the "Cultural Competence Action Plan."
The plan, critics say, introduces elements of critical race theory into public schools.
Southlake Families PAC, which opposes the CCAP, explains the "diversity and inclusion" education plan makes "social justice training" mandatory for all Carroll ISD students and would even "establish a Diversity and Inclusion Week at each CISD campus during the academic year much like the weeks dedicated to 'BLM at School' in Seattle, New York and Philadelphia. The BLM at School program on the BLM website includes a starter kit, list of Demands, 13 Guiding Principles and Curriculum. Included in this kit is a queer and trans-affirming curriculum for all ages and grades, as well as curriculum specifically stated to "disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure."
What are the details?
Guy Midkiff is a Texas-based pilot who has flown for American Airlines for more than 30 years, according to the Dallas Morning News.
But his employment with the airline may now be in jeopardy after social media users complained that Midkiff was voicing opposition to the controversial cultural awareness plan.
The Morning News reported that Midkiff used social media and a podcast to "documented his opposition" to the CCAP and its supporters. However, activists who support the CCAP claimed Midkiff was harassing people online and repeatedly sought American Airlines' attention over what they thought was problematic conduct.
Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition claimed Midkiff was "harassing" people online, but cited only "unprofessional comments" that voiced opposition to the CCAP.
"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," the SARC said.
Another Twitter account said, "Hey @AmericanAir, why is this man saying he is a pilot for your airline? He is consistently harassing minority females in Southlake and now is going after our students! SARC stands for the Southlake Anti-Racism coalition and is made up mostly of students. Kids!"
On Twitter, American Airlines' official account responded, "Your comments concern us so please DM the link where it shows the employee comments for us to take a closer look."
What did American Airlines say?
The company said in a statement they are investigating the pilot.
"We are troubled by the allegations made and have launched an investigation into the matter," an American Airlines representative told the Dallas Morning News.