• May 5, 2006

Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford may have been associated with anti-semitism, but Ford exec Mark Fields told a congregation of Jewish business leaders that he encountered no discrimination as he rose through the ranks at the company. In fact Fields said in answer to a question from a member of the audience that he was amazed at everything Ford does to promote diversity among the ranks of its employees, from a strong interfaith support network to an environment that supports inclusions of all types of people.

Fields was the guest of honor at a luncheon by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

[Source: The Detroit News]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      But Joe Kennedy was anti-Semitic--although, infatuated with the family's particular politics, the media wouldn't tell you that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Rarely do someone stand up and say "I'm a bigot!". I definitely would not expect Ford to do so. All of Ford executives are liars, my opinion. Way Forward my ass
      • 8 Years Ago
      Both Ford and GM have strong diversity programs, but there's a solid business reason for this: it's profitable. Being a global company means that you're going to be doing business with a wide variety of cultures, so you'd better know how to work with people from different backgrounds or you're going to lose out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can think of lots of reasons why I wouldn't buy a Ford, but anti semitic, anti gay, anti anything else would be a phony accusation if/when placed on the Ford Motor Company now.

      Yes, it was well known that the senior Henry Ford hated Jews, but Ford heirs and the company itself should not be blamed for that.

      When I was growing up in the 1940s I wondered why so few Jewish people owned Ford cars--if not GM, they bought Chrysler cars (there were almost no imports).

      I don't think people should forget past bigotry, but when it's no longer an issue for a corporation, well, it's no longer an issue.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, it would be hard for Fields to stand up and say "I'm a bigot!" considering he's Jewish.
      Seth
      • 8 Years Ago
      So what is the article supposed to insinuate? That he can't be Jewish and sell Fords to the Jewish business community? Becuase Henry Ford once published anti-semetic papers?

      I'm a Jew. I drive a Porsche.