JetBlue issues apology after campaign featuring Assata Shakur, terrorist and fugitive cop killer hiding in Cuba

That feeling when JetBlue tried to be so woke, they ended up celebrating a terrorist and convicted cop killer currently hiding in communist Cuba.

Mike Brest in The Daily Caller:

JetBlue Apologizes For Honoring Fugitive Cop Killer In Black History Month Tribute

JetBlue Airways Corporation has apologized for honoring fugitive cop-killer Assata Shakur earlier this week as part of their Black History Month display in John K. Kennedy International Airport.

Shakur, whose real name is Joanne Chesimard, has been on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for decades after escaping from prison in 1979, where she was serving out a life sentence for murdering a police officer. Shakur eventually fled to Cuba.

“Our crewmembers came together to celebrate Black History Month with a display in Terminal 5 featuring prominent individuals in history. When we learned of concerns regarding one individual, we immediately removed the poster,” a spokesperson from JetBlue Cooperate Communication told The Daily Caller.

The statement continued, “The intention was always to unite our crewmembers and customers around the importance of Black History Month and we apologize for any offense the poster may have caused.”

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2 thoughts on “JetBlue issues apology after campaign featuring Assata Shakur, terrorist and fugitive cop killer hiding in Cuba”

  1. Now there’s no doubt the “Che” cake JetBlue ordered to celebrate its Tampa-Cuba flights was NOT a “clueless” mistake any more than this obscenely vile apology for an unrepentant and hateful murderer. The poster text makes it quite clear JetBlue knew plenty well who it was celebrating, despite the contemptibly disingenuous “balance” which obviously leans in the killer’s favor and insults the merest intelligence or sense of decency–as if there were no better black figures to honor. Truly, deeply repugnant. Talk about HIJEPUTEZ.

  2. After reviewing the posts here from 2016 regarding the Che cake incident (which happened in 2013), I realized that JetBlue had said the cake was procured by the Tampa Airport people, meaning it was not JetBlue who ordered it, as I erroneously said in my comment above because I misremembered the details. Of course, JetBlue staff members certainly posed smiling behind the cake (along with Tampa Airport personnel), so presumably they saw no problem with it, not even a PR problem for the company, and implicitly approved of the noxious cake, regardless of who procured it.

    Still, a case could be made that JetBlue was simply careless or inattentive over the damn cake, and somehow “missed” it was seriously offensive and did not mean to offend. However, the current matter of JetBlue choosing to celebrate fugitive cop-killer Joanne Chesimard over many FAR more respectable black figures it could have picked cannot be rationalized away nearly so readily. As far as I’m concerned, it cannot be excused at all, especially in view of the text on the actual poster, as I previously noted. Which brings me to my original reaction: given the grotesque “gaffe” involving Shakur, how much benefit of the doubt does JetBlue deserve in the Che cake “faux pas”?

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