We enjoyed lots of profiles honoring outstanding African Americans during Black History Month.
But cop-killer Assata Shakur?
JetBlue put up a poster of Assata Shakur, a convicted murderer, formerly known as Joanne Chesimard, at JFK Airport.
It was a terribly misguided attempt to celebrate Black History Month.
Ms. Shakur presumably would not have been able to see the poster, seeing as how she has been hanging out in Cuba since her prison break, after being convicted of first-degree murder in 1973.
She was convicted in the case of the murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Trooper Foerster was shot with his own weapon after stopping a car carrying three members of the Black Liberation Army (among them then-Joanne Chesimard). Foerster left behind a wife and two children.
Here is how in part Shakur was described on the JetBlue poster:
“Became the first woman to be placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list after escaping to Cuba from prison where she was serving a life sentence for the 1973 murder of a police officer,” one of the bullet points read.
Well, now that's quite a role model.
JetBlue's apology is (like many apologies in our apology culture) beyond pathetic:
“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,” a JetBlue spokesman said in a statement, according to FOX 29 Philadelphia.
May have offended?
Yes, it may have.
And what kinds of crewmembers and customers does the airline see itself as hiring and serving if it believes that they would be "united" by a poster of a convicted murderer?
Of course, what this really showed is the cultural dominance of the left.
Corporations vet advertising (and that is essentially what this was–it's meant to project an image).
What kind of corporation thinks it is projecting the right image by honoring a murderer during Black History Month?
JetBlue isn't Ms. Shakur's only prominent fan.
Women's March founder Linda Sasour once tweeted birthday greetings to "the revolutionary#Assata Shakur."
Unlike JetBlue, Sarsour has not been shamed into an apology.