Black Lives Matter and the ‘Useful Idiots’ of American Airlines

Black Lives Matter and the ‘Useful Idiots’ of American Airlines
An American Airlines plane prepares to land at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on July 16, 2020. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Roger L. Simon

Evidence of America’s reactionary and biased educational system is everywhere but nowhere so disturbing as in that supposed bastion of capitalism—corporate America.

The latest substantiation of this “useful idiocy” is the controversy surrounding the wearing of Black Lives Matter support pins by onboard employees of American Airlines. (“Useful idiot” is a term whose provenance is sometimes associated with V.I. Lenin and is assumed to mean someone giving inadvertent support to communist causes.)
As if flying during COVID wasn’t bad enough, we now have to be propagandized into the bargain. Wasn’t assaulting and harassing people dining in restaurants sufficient?
Of considerably more ultimate importance, to allow their onboard workers to do this, AA executives have either ignored or are ignorant of the true background of BLM whose founders are “trained Marxists.” Co-founder Patrice Cullors has admitted this quite openly.

“‘The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,’” she said, referring to BLM co-founder Alicia Garza.

“‘We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,” Cullors added in the interview with Jared Ball of The Real News.

Despite being so overt, with the help of the mainstream media and other conscious/unconscious fellow travelers, BLM, almost in the communist front tradition of the 1930s, has succeeded in obfuscating their goals beneath a welter of self-satisfied moral narcissism.

But Marxism, of course, aims to overthrow the capitalist system. That would naturally include companies like American Airlines and Delta Airlines, which apparently is preparing a similar lapel pin. Indeed, BLM has been welcomed throughout corporate America whose leadership is terrified of being branded as racist.

It’s almost as if they wished for their own demise.

And corporate America is, as we know, not alone. BLM and its allies, including the mega-violent Antifa, have done a brilliant job of hiding the football (how appropriate), enlisting many sports stars and entertainment celebrities in their support.

Just Monday night, at the fan-free U.S. Tennis Open, the camera was trained frequently on the tennis shoes of African-American player Frances Tiafoe who had scribbled “Black Lives Matter” and “Respect Us” on his sneakers.

Respect us? Why wouldn’t we? Tiafoe seems like a perfectly nice guy and is one of the better American tennis players, although he met his match with Russia’s Danil Medvedev.

Who hasn’t respected Tiafoe, who also wore a “Black Lives Matter” face mask, needless to say? (He further made a quarter of a million dollars that night playing tennis while protesting. Not a bad deal.)

This “respect us” canard is troubling, especially since, in the vast majority of cases and from the vast majority of people, we already do and have for years.

Everything is being turned upside down and the ground has been well-prepared for it. As I alluded to in the first paragraph, these American Airlines executives who lemming-like support this propaganda are products of the same educational system we all are. They have been overtly and covertly been taught to accept or even embrace Marxism for decades.

In a very real sense, it has become the operating system of our education from kindergarten through graduate school. Now it is being codified in the 1619 Project recently inaugurated by the New York Times.

These ideas slip virtually unquestioned into the zeitgeist. Just a few years ago American corporations sensibly abjured controversial political stands in order not to alienate significant parts of the public, their customers. Now they take those positions with impunity.

What next?

Roger L. Simon is an award-winning author, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. He is now a columnist for The Epoch Times. Find him on Parler and Twitter @rogerlsimon. Buy his books on Amazon.
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Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, columnist for The Epoch Times. His latest book “American Refugees” will be published by Encounter 10/31. “Roger Simon is among the many refugees fleeing blue state neoliberalism, and he’s written the best account of our generation’s greatest migration.”—Tucker Carlson.