I was working into the wee hours of the morning when I saw this at the Huffington Post
Southwest Plane Turns Pink Lights On For Women’s March Participants
The story said the following
Things got lit on a Southwest Airlines plane carrying men and women to the Women’s March on Washington.
Two women shared pictures of their Thursday flight, which turned on pink lights apparently in support of its passengers to mark Saturday’s special occasion.
“When your Southwest flight crew celebrate a plane full of kickass women and men going to the Women’s March by lighting it up #lit #womensmarchonwashington #lovetrumpshate,” Instagram user @kpmagnolia wrote in the caption of her photo of the colorful pink lights.
Now this would seem a bad idea as Southwest Airlines is not a niche market that caters exclusively to pro-abortion anti-trump people who think believing Catholics are Nazis so I wrote the following email to Southwest to clarify their position.
I will be writing a story concerning the decision of a southwest crew to honor the so called “women’s march” on Washington DC as reported by the Huffington Post here
I have several questions:
1. The so called “Woman’s march” specifically excluded pro-life women, does this mean that southwest Airlines embraces the Agenda of Planned Parenthood and those who oppose this administration and reject the hundreds of millions of pro-life people such as the hundreds of thousands who will be going to Washington for the march for life later this month?
2. The so called “Woman’s march” was explicitly anti-trump. does this mean that South West Airlines endorses the anti-trump message of the so called “Woman’s march” and embraces the designation of President Trump and his supporters as “anti-woman” and “nazis” by the marchers?
3. According to the Huffington post a statement by Southwest on the matter said this:
While we’re unaware of details surrounding a specific flight, our flight crews celebrate, commemorate, acknowledge and share in special moments with our customers all the time,
That being the case, given the fact that the March for life brings 100,000+ people to DC each year and the inauguration of Donald Trump brought 500,000 supporters to the capital can you cite a single instance of a southwest crew celebrating, commemorating or acknowledging these pro-life or pro-trump flyers?
4. Tens of millions of supporters of Americans voted for Donald Trump and he won the popular vote in 30 US states, what assurance can you give votes like myself who voted Trump that this is not a signal by Southwest that it will treat those who oppose the president in a more favorable manor that those who supported him, and given this public support of those who oppose the president that is now being reported nationwide what tangible proof of support will you give voters Trump voters who like all Americans have many choices when it’s time to fly, that flying southwest airlines does not constitute financial and moral support for those who oppose this administration and those who voted for it? [note the “and” in that last sentence should have been vs]
I intend to publish my piece by Monday 5 AM EST Said piece will include this email and the questions within. I will be glad to publish your response to these questions with them if I received them by 5 PM EST Sunday. If I receive them at any later time I will publish their response the following day.
Peter “DaTechGuy” Ingemi
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Have Fedora Will Travel
P.S. As both a journalist who has often used Southwest airlines to go to events I am covering and as a voter who voted for Mr. Trump this time around your responses will be instrumental to my choice of airlines in the future.
Sunday morning Southwest replied with the following email:
Here’s our statement in its entirety; we don’t have additional details to share at this time:
While we’re unaware of details surrounding specific flights, our Flight Crews celebrate, commemorate, acknowledge and share in special moments with our Customers all the time. Some of our aircraft are equipped with mood lighting and while this was not a companywide initiative, at times, our Flight Crews will adjust the lighting for a Customer or group of Customers traveling on their flight. For example, in October, one of our Flight Crews changed the lighting to honor a breast cancer survivor onboard their flight.
This is pretty much a reiteration of the statement already given.
Now I’ve flown Southwest & I like them and it’s not out of character for them to accommodate a particular batch of passengers, so to me vital question of this batch actually is #3 If Southwest can produce examples of their aircrews acting to support a group of pro-life or pro-trump flyers in a public way like this one I and I suspect others will be satisfied that this was the attempt of a particular crew attempting to inspire a particular group of passengers and give this a pass, but to do so risks the wrath of folks who have already demonstrated a willingness to retaliate with violence.
So how do we of he right respond?
Do we follow the example described by Shelby Foote of Robert E. Lee who in late 1863 when an angry southern woman brought a group of young southern ladies before him who had attended a concert given by Union General John Sedgwick while occupying their area responded to both the indignant woman and the embarrassed girls thus:
I know General Sedgwick very well. It is just like him to be so kindly and considerate, and to have his band there to entertain them. So, young ladies, if the music is good, go and hear it as often as you can, and enjoy yourselves. You will fin that General Sedgwick will have none but agreeable gentlemen about him.
This is the line of Becca Lower a person not unfamiliar with the wrath of the left who reacted saying
— Becca Lower (@BeccaJLower) January 22, 2017
In other words emulating General Lee, this is just a Southwest crew being nice so she’ll it go. This is certainly a Christian approach and consistent with American Values as they once were in our culture.
Alas another Lee from our modern era named Spike has, this very week, given us an example that is much less forgiving on accommodating those who encourage the political enemies of the left:
One singer, however, has learned the hard way that you don’t cross the elite in the entertainment world without paying a price. Grammy winning artist Chrisette Michele performed at one of the balls last night, reportedly receiving $250K for her efforts and an international audience. But that’s not all she got. She also received what amounted to a pink slip from Spike Lee who was reportedly “considering” using her music in an upcoming project.
Director Spike Lee has revealed he was considering using a song by Grammy winner Chrisette Michele in an upcoming project but has decided not to following her decision to perform at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Thus following Spike’s example the response would be: “If Southwest wants to accommodate the anti-trump left and doesn’t do the same for us they can join join the list of companies who have decided to take sides in the culture wars and can pay the price as pro-life people and Trump supporters have plenty of other airlines to choose from.”
This would also be consistant with what Jazz Shaw calls the new rules of engagment in political warfare:
But as far as I can tell, the gloves are now fully off and there are no longer any rules on the political battlefield. Democrats and liberals in vast numbers are trying to destroy the Trump presidency before it’s even begun and the silence of the Fourth Estate has placed the media seal of approval on the effort. They are hoping to shut down the executive branch and are clearly willing to engage in a scorched earth policy to achieve that goal. So the next time a Democrat winds up winning the White House, you can expect the same in return. I don’t care if they elect a white man, a black woman or a transgender Latino pirate. I don’t want to hear any kvetching from MSNBC about racism, sexism or any other isms. Everyone is free to simply swamp the public square and reject the election results if they don’t like them, no matter what the next president has done or, more likely, not even had time to do.
Progressives started this phase of the war
Perhaps almost as important, we must remember that if we emulate Robert E Lee’s forgiving and understanding response, no matter how proper it might sound to us as Christians, we are by emulating a Confederate General which by our current media template would make us all slavery supporting racists.
While if instead we emulate Spike Lee and retaliate against Southwest and any other company that serves the general public giving notice from this point on if they aid the enemies of this administration they are our enemies and we will no longer patronize them, we are emulating a person who is considered a black pioneer for equality in culture by that same media template.
So if the end result is that employees of business all over the nation are terrified of saying or doing anything that could be construed as being supportive of one side vs the other, (Can you imagine the result if President Trump tweets on this to his 20 million followers?) I’m sure our media and cultural better will tell us that’s certainly a small price to pay to avoid emulating a rebel general suggesting reconciliation even if it means that the right now has the same power to intimidate business that the left enjoyed in the past.
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