Recently, American Airlines has started an investigation against one of the pilots in its employ due to his opinions about the subject of critical race theory (CRT) being taught in his local schools.
Guy Midkiff, 62, was chosen by American Airlines for an investigation after receiving pushes from multiple other social media accounts to audit Midkiff’s social media history and posts. A resident of Southlake, Texas, Midkiff has been an active employee flying for American AIrlines for over three decades.
“We are troubled by the allegations made and have launched an investigation into the matter,” Dallas Morning News reported after a conversation with an American Airlines representative this past week.
For several months, the debate over CRT has raged through Southlake, and earlier this month it peaked in a streak of landslide wins for Republican opponents to CRT being elected to positions on the school board and into multiple city offices. The margins of these wins were staggering with a 70% to 30% split happening in each race.
The CRT curriculum used in Southlake’s Carroll Independent School District has been a major issue and talking point throughout the elections and has created massive interest in the community as a whole. The voter turnout seen during these elections was staggering with roughly three times the number of voters than that of the past few years.
Midkiff was a known, and vocal, critic of the school’s planned CRT-themed course entitled the Cultural COmpetence Action Plan. People who were advocating for the proposal whine and moaned that Midkiff was suing his social media accounts, along with a podcast he hosts, to harass people in favor of the CRT curriculum. Midkiff struck back at these whiners by claiming that they are using “bully tactics” to silence him as they accused him of doing to others.
Two such groups that were pro-CRT for the Carroll school district took their whining to Twitter and complained about Midkiff to his employer American Airlines. American Airlines noted the whining and issued a promise to look into Midkiff’s social media history.
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
This employee stands against @AmericanAir’s commitment to inclusion and diversity. It’s clear what he thinks about your training; did he even have to participate or is it just a thing you use for marketing?
— Southlake Fami-Lies (@southlake_lies) May 10, 2021
The CRT curriculum proposed for the school states that racism within the United States is still deeply rooted within many of its premier institutions and is the main source of inequality in the nation. The Southlake community has for the most part rejected that picture of the united states. As the Daily Wire Reported:
Republicans blew out Democrats by a roughly 70% to 30% margin to take two spots and control of the Carroll Independent School District board, two city council seats, and the Southlake mayor’s seat. The election results, finalized Sunday, showed a ballooning voter turnout about 3-times larger than past local elections.
The landslide for conservative Republicans came nine months after progressives on the school board introduced a plan to instate critical race theory in the local school curriculum and force educators to take diversity training and other so-called anti-racism courses.
The election “was a referendum on those who put personal politics and divisive philosophies ahead of Carroll ISD students and families, and their common American heritage and Texas values,” Southlake attorney Hannah Smith, who beat local business consultant Ed Hernandez for a spot on the school board, told NBC News in a statement.
“The voters have come together in record-breaking numbers to restore unity,” Smith said. “By a landslide vote, they don’t want racially divisive critical race theory taught to their children or forced on their teachers. Voters agreed with my positive vision of our community and its future.”