Delta chartered three airplanes on a complimentary basis to transport students to Washington, DC for the “March for Our Lives” protest last Saturday.
Oh great, he’s wading into politics again…
I take Sundays off on the blog, not just in writing, but in reading. Consequently, I missed this news that was initially reported by the Associated Press and picked up by View from the Wing and One Mile at a Time.
Delta called its donation “part of our commitment to supporting the communities we serve.”
When Delta pulled back its National Rifle Association discounts, it claimed to do so on the basis of neutrality:
Delta’s decision reflects the airline’s neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings. Out of respect for our customers and employees on both sides, Delta has taken this action to refrain from entering this debate and focus on its business. Delta continues to support the 2nd Amendment.
This is not the first time Delta has withdrawn support over a politically and emotionally charged issue. Last year, Delta withdrew its sponsorship of a theater that staged a graphic interpretation of “Julius Caesar” depicting the assassination of President Trump. Delta supports all of its customers but will not support organizations on any side of any highly charged political issue that divides our nation.
So why did Delta get involved here?
Delta may be on “the right side of history” (history is always written by the victors), but I’m not sure what Delta means when it pledges it “will not support organizations on any side of any highly charged political issue that divides our nation” and then proceeds to charter planes…not offer 10% discounts…for one side of a “highly charged political issue that divides our nation.”
I’m not criticizing Delta, per se. But actions speak louder than words.
My views on gun control, like most issues, are very nuanced. They are informed more often by my understanding of the Constitution than my personal feelings or even empirical data, which is absolutely startling on this issue. If you want to discuss gun control and a host of other political topics (I have a political science and law degree after all), come to Frequent Traveler University in New York or Washington, DC and we can chat between sessions.
My point in this post is not to condemn or praise Delta. It is merely to point it has taken a clear side in this debate.