United Airlines has addressed the civil unrest that occurred on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol which shocked the world and left five people dead.
United Airlines Addresses Civil Unrest At U.S. Capitol In Note To Employees
A note to employees titled, “We are stronger when we’re united” condemns the violence that occurred but embraces a more optimistic tone for the future:
We watched yesterday with a mixture of anger and sadness as a large group of protestors and rioters marched on the U.S. Capitol, occupied federal buildings and put on a terrible display of vandalism and violence. For those of us who call the U.S. home, we can all agree that these actions were not a reflection of who we are as Americans.
But, there was also another series of events that took place overnight that give us hope: both houses of Congress re-assembled after the riots, certified – on a bipartisan basis – the results of our Electoral College and formalized the election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris as our next President and Vice President of the United States. Free and fair elections are a cornerstone of our democracy and by coming together and finishing their work, Congress sent an important message to our country and the rest of the world.
Still, the weeks and months ahead are likely to be extremely challenging. A transition of power against the backdrop of a raging pandemic, a struggling economy and, yes, a deeply divided electorate, means that the near-term path for our nation will be difficult.
But we continue to believe that there is far more that unites us than divides us. If there is one thing we’ve learned after going through the most significant crisis in the history of commercial aviation, it’s this: we are stronger when we’re united.
We stand ready to work alongside the new Administration, as well as leaders in both parties, to help bring the country together, defeat COVID-19, revitalize our economy, promote racial equality and drive sustainable growth around the world.
The note was signed by CEO Scott Kirby and President Brett Hart.
This communication was sent to me by there different employees. One just forwarded the letter and the other two added commentary. The commentary simply showcases what a divided nation this is and how the notion that “we are stronger when we’re united” may be nothing but a hollow epithet during this turbulent era.
One employee, who falls on the Trump end of the spectrum, was fuming. She noted United’s focus on “vandalism” and “violence” was particularly egregious considering the carrier never condemned the violence and vandalism that occurred during protests over the summer.
But another employee, who falls on the other end of the spectrum, also expressed anger. She was incredulous that United would focus on vandalism when five people ended up dead and the mob was engaging in a treasonous insurrection. “Call it like it is, baby,” was her final remark.
United crew members are being kept out of downtown Washington, DC for the time being. Meanwhile, United is looking ahead to what it hopes will be calmer days in the weeks ahead. But even at United Airlines, cracks of division will weigh heavily on the weeks ahead.