How conservatives are taking advantage of the plane worries to push their own agenda. | Airlines

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These types of news cycles move fast, but if you take a look into the internet circus right now, you might find conservative discourse dominated by the most out-there question that the ecosphere has homed in on in a long time: Are Black people to blame for America’s aviation safety crisis?

Charlie Kirk, a good barometer for what conservative influencers are focused on at any given moment, told his listeners on Wednesday: “I’m sorry. If I see a Black pilot, I’m going to be like, ‘Boy, I hope he’s qualified.’ ” Rob Schneider, a good barometer for what internet-addled conservative adults think, said on Sunday that a United Airlines crew responsible for his flight had been “incompetent” in diagnosing a flap issue. Presumably, at least one person on said flight deck was Black or a woman or looked gay to Schneider, because Schneider blamed “diversity” in hiring for the incident. In the letter he posted to United’s CEO, Schneider wrote that once United’s board of directors fired him, he could “get back to your true passion, your Drag Queen performances.” The fixation, in other words, is not limited to those who actually fly the planes. Conservative critics are obsessed with trawling the identities of anyone in any position of power, or even employment, in the airline industry right now. A benign Southwest Airlines tweet about an all-female flight crew, attendants and all, prompted a conservative harassment beacon to post, “They’re openly mocking us. They know what they’re doing.”

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