(Natural News) United Airlines joined other corporations and the US government in making identity characteristics a qualifier for employment. On Tuesday, the company announced that:
(Article by Libby Emmons republished from ThePostMillenial.com)
“Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people on board our planes every day. That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color.”
And they invited those who are women or specifically not white to apply to train for work with United Airlines.
Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people on board our planes every day. That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color. Learn more and apply now: https://t.co/VbOFvFOksB pic.twitter.com/r0ScH6MQAJ
— United Airlines (@united) April 6, 2021
The link directs would-be pilots to a training program. The site states that “United expects to hire more than 10,000 pilots over the next decade.” 5,000 of those spots are dedicated to women and people of color by 2030.
The recruitment video features the voices of two pilots, one male and one female. United says that “Partner organizations will help identify and recruit top talent.” The “financial barrier to entry for highly qualified and motivated candidates” will be tackled through a partnership with JP Morgan Chase.
OANN’s Jack Posobiec said simply “Disastrous. Do not do this.”
Disastrous. Do not do this. https://t.co/UhrMTQSq14
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 7, 2021
What makes the United program different from other corporate diversity initiatives is that pilots are not in board rooms, but flying planes with lots of people on them. It’s the kind of job where a person should have skill and affinity. Skin color, or the lived experience that comes with a racial or ethnic background, has absolutely no bearing on how best to safely fly planes.
According to Zippa, a careers website, the current demographic of pilots is over 86 percent male, and over 88 percent white.
The emergence of this initiative led Joel Berry of satirical website The Babylon Bee to ask if United would be first trying to figure out why less women go into careers as airline pilots.
Are women just not interested? Is there a reason that American people of color do not fill the ranks in pilot training school? Are these people barred from entry by racism or do they simply not attend of their own free volition?
Will the existence of United’s diversity quotas create the circumstances under which women and people of color become more interested in piloting planes?
I went to college to be a pilot. Everyone in my program was a white guy, even though over 50% of the students in my college were women and people of color were over represented as a percentage of the local population. If United is gonna meet these diversity quotas…
— Joel Berry (@JoelWBerry) April 7, 2021
Berry suggests that these skin-color-based quotas will instead be filled by South Asian and Middle Eastern men who are interested in being pilots.
The truth is, this diversity requirement will be filled by male immigrants from Asia, India, and the Middle East. I’m all for it, but it won’t turn out to be the “virtuous” progressive vision they’re trying to paint here.
— Joel Berry (@JoelWBerry) April 7, 2021
In September, Bloomberg reported that more and more companies are instituting diversity quotas in hiring.
United joins Wells Fargo, which determined to increase black leadership to 12 percent, Ralph Lauren that promised that 20 percent of its global leadership would be people of color, and Delta which is aiming for 14 percent of their officers and directors to be black by 2025. The black population of the US is about 13 percent.
Ryan Girdusky pointed out that United received a massive federal bailout last year, and with those funds they “laid off or cut the hours for over 15,000 employees,” and “discriminate against white men.”
United got a $5 billion dollar bailout last year… what’s the first things they did:
– laid off or cut the hours for over 15,000 employees
– discriminate against white men https://t.co/K40Q4Hn2Rd
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) April 7, 2021
Will Chamberlain, an attorney and co-publisher at Human Events, believes that United will face lawsuits for these discriminatory hiring practices and prioritization of specific races and ethnicities for training programs.
There are a lot of professions where there are legitimate, professional reasons to prioritize diversity
Piloting IS NOT ONE OF THEM
Passengers do not interact or communicate with the pilot, ever
The ONLY thing that matters is skill
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) April 7, 2021
Gad Saad simply suggested that the real barrier to entry was to blind pilots, and that they should be prioritized next.
Heroes! Next, please hire blind pilots. I always thought it were disgusting that I’ve never seen a blind pilot. The ableism made me feel unsafe on your flights. We must hire pilots based on irrelevant immutable traits to achieve true equitable safety.https://t.co/FgIwls9eic
— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) April 7, 2021
This new initiative also makes some wonder if United Airlines was actively discriminating against women and people of color prior to this quota requirement.
So United Airlines was actively discriminating against women and people of color before? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/EYXxZpG7qV
— Greg (@CasuallyGreg) April 7, 2021
United Airlines also came out in opposition to the new voting laws in Georgia, which put them in the ranks of other corporations that have decried voter IDs. This earned them praise from the left, and further derision from the conservative right.
Surely you've been eager to know United Airlines' corporate position on voting. After all, their mission is to 'unite the world.' https://t.co/wQ7Vxw6igC
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 5, 2021