PIERS MORGAN: Now what for the awake United Airlines fighters – blind pilots?

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What do you first think of when you get on a plane?

Security, right?

I mean there are a lot more things you could think about when you take a seat – the legroom, the food menu, whether the wifi works, how unutterably annoying the stranger sitting next to you can turn out to be, or worse, if the cabin flight attendant will be one of those hideous ‘comedian’ types who make jokes and work their way through the safety routine?

Ultimately, though, the only constant thought process that most of us when boarding a plane that is going to fly very high in the sky very quickly is simple, “Please take me to my destination in one piece.”

And frankly, I don’t care who makes this happen in the cockpit, as long as they are extremely well-trained, experienced and skilled pilots who know exactly what they are doing.

I certainly don’t care about a pilot’s gender or skin color.

What possible consequences does that have for their ability to fly an aircraft safely?

The only thing that matters in a pilot is their skill.

But United Airlines, one of America’s largest airlines, yesterday announced a new recruiting strategy that indicates that gender and skin color should now be a determining factor in who flies their planes.

“Our cockpit should reflect the diverse group of people on board our planes every day,” the statement read. “That’s why we plan that 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train over the next decade will be women or people of color.”

To which my answer is: why?

United Airlines, one of America's largest airlines, yesterday announced a new recruiting strategy that indicates that gender and skin color should now be a determining factor in who flies their planes.  Pictured: Scott Kirby, United Airlines CEO

United Airlines, one of America’s largest airlines, yesterday announced a new recruiting strategy that indicates that gender and skin color should now be a determining factor in who flies their planes. Pictured: Scott Kirby, United Airlines CEO

In a statement, United Airlines said, “Our cockpit should reflect the diverse group of people onboard our planes every day,” the statement read. ‘That’s why we plan that 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train over the next decade will be women or people of color’

Currently, 20% of United's pilots are women or people of color, suggesting that there is absolutely no barrier to people from any of these groups becoming pilots for the airline if they want to, and are good enough.  Pictured: United Airlines pilot at O'Hare, Chicago

Currently, 20% of United's pilots are women or people of color, suggesting that there is absolutely no barrier to people from any of these groups becoming pilots for the airline if they want to, and are good enough.  Pictured: United Airlines pilot at O'Hare, Chicago

Currently, 20% of United’s pilots are women or people of color, suggesting that there is absolutely no barrier to people from any of these groups becoming pilots for the airline if they want to, and are good enough. Pictured: United Airlines pilot at O’Hare, Chicago

Currently, 20% of United’s pilots are women or people of color, suggesting that there is absolutely no barrier to people from any of these groups becoming pilots for the airline if they want to, and are good enough.

So, what is the need to hit a 50% quota just to tick some ridiculous virtue signaling box, with the obvious risk to safety if skill in flying an airplane is no longer the most important criterion for pilot choice?

And why, if the vast majority of United’s pilots are white men while the airline has a very good safety record, are those same white men now being directly discriminated against?

Why will thousands of them have to be ‘phased out’ to accommodate the new diversity impulse?

How does all of this make United a safer airline?

Further, as Tucker Carlson said on Fox News last night, if the ‘equality’ rule of diversity is really to be fair, will it also apply to other industries such as professional sports?

For example, 74.2% of NBA players are black.

This is not because of their skin color, but because they are the best players.

Still, I haven’t heard awakened liberals complain that this is discriminatory or demands more “equality” for white players, and a selection criterion that more accurately reflects the makeup of NBA fans (only 47% of whom are black).

The equity wake-up pressure does not work equally well.

Carlson accused United executives of being “ideologues suffering from an incurable brain disease called wakefulness.”

He added, “Safety is no longer an airline’s concern – identity politics is.”

And it’s hard to argue with that charge, isn’t it?

The awakened tyranny being waged by corporate America is now forcing companies like United to make these asinine, potentially deadly decisions, purely to appease the awakened crowd and preemptively defend themselves against non-existent racism or sexism.

There is no evidence that both women and black people are being negatively discriminated against by United in their pursuit of pilots.

In all respects, those who made it did so purely on merit and their flying ability, which is how it should be.

Just like those who make it in the NBA on merit.

It has been a busy week for United, which also participated in the corporate attacks on Georgian lawmakers over the furor of the state’s electoral reforms.

(The reforms are pushing for a new requirement of photo ID or utility bill to support an absentee vote, something that will inevitably lead to discrimination against black voters.)

“Our mission is to connect people and unite the world,” tweeted United. We believe that one of the most effective ways to do this is by participating in the democratic process, which begins with voting – a vital civic duty. Legislation violating fellow Americans’ voting rights is wrong. ‘

Twitter users who responded to United Airlines' announcement said safety should be the focus of training

Twitter users who responded to United Airlines' announcement said safety should be the focus of training

Twitter users who responded to United Airlines’ announcement said safety should be the focus of training

United thus joined other companies such as Apple, Coca Cola and Delta Airlines who claimed to be shocked by what Georgia is doing.

Now let me be clear: I also disagree with the electoral reforms – because while they can fraudulently reduce votes, they will also greatly reduce legitimate voting.

That is suppression of voters. Pure and simple.

So this is a flawed and anti-democratic political decision that must be vigorously opposed and destroyed.

But spare me the indignant fury of companies supporting boycotts of the kind run by Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred who just got the All-Star game out of Atlanta – but they all continue to do very lucrative, uncritical business with the Chinese Communist Party, which operates a resolutely undemocratic one-party system and is currently committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

And if you really want to talk about discrimination against people of color in Georgia, where is the big corporate outrage over the Masters golf tournament that starts today and is run by a club steeped in horrific racism and sexism and whose leadership has denied election reform in Georgia?

Unless we forget, until 1983, all players in the Masters were required to use the services of an Augusta National Club caddy, who was always an African American male by club tradition. The club’s co-founder, Clifford Roberts, is said to have said, “As long as I’m alive, golfers will be white and caddies will be black.”

Unfortunately, Augusta only admitted its first black member in 1992 and its first female member in 2012.

In the absence of Tiger Woods, there is only one black player in this year's Masters tournament - and minorities make up less than 2% of all PGA pros, despite 21% of all golfers in America being black, Asian or Hispanic is.

In the absence of Tiger Woods, there is only one black player in this year's Masters tournament - and minorities make up less than 2% of all PGA pros, despite 21% of all golfers in America being black, Asian or Hispanic is.

In the absence of Tiger Woods, there is only one black player in the Masters tournament this year, Cameron Champ (pictured)

In the absence of Tiger Woods, there is only one black player in the Masters tournament this year, Cameron Champ (pictured)

In the absence of Tiger Woods, there is only one black player in the Masters tournament this year, Cameron Champ (right), and minorities make up less than 2% of all PGA pros, despite 21% of all golfers in America being black, Asian or Hispanic. Still, I don’t hear firms like United question this apparent discrimination or the introduction of quota requirements for black golfers to play in the Masters or on the PGA tour.

In the absence of Tiger Woods this year there is only one black player, Cameron Champ, and minorities make up less than 2% of all PGA pros, despite 21% of all golfers in America being black, Asian or Hispanic.

Yet I do not hear companies like United question this apparent discrimination or the introduction of quota requirements for black golfers to play in the Masters or on the PGA tour.

Likewise, spare me the ridiculous hypocrisy of the awakened Hollywood liberals who preach a lot about diversity but rarely put it into practice.

They are jumping up and down on Georgia’s ‘racist’ electoral reforms.

But last month, it was revealed that among its 87 members, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association does not have a single black journalist to determine the Golden Globes winners.

THAT is scandalous discrimination, and even more scandalous double standards, given the extent to which members bounce about the urgent need for more diversity.

The bottom line is this: if terrified corporate America doesn’t stop kneeling so weakly at the intolerant knee of the awakened fascists, where will all this nonsense lead?

Will advocates for blind people demand THEIR equal rights to fly United planes?

That would be insane, of course … but that is what awakened tyranny takes us into the world of insanity.