WS>>Color Blindness is Bunk

Carl cwsiv_2nd at HOTPOP.COM
Tue Dec 14 16:56:36 MST 2004

WS>>Color Blindness is Bunk

          By  Sam Francis

          The big news at Ford Motor Company these days is not so
     much  those  tires they're going to put on  their  cars  and
     trucks but rather which colors will make the decision.  Last
     summer,  Ford was named the 30th "best company  for  minori-
     ties"  in the country by Fortune magazine, and if the  class
     action  lawsuit  filed  against it in  February  has  merit,
     that's probably true.

          But the corollary of being the best company for minori-
     ties seems to be that it's one of the worst for aging  white
     males  -- a minority group that lacks the privileges  others
     usually  get. The lawsuit, filed by older white male  execu-
     tives,  claims the company fired them to make room for  more
     fashionable  faces.  "Consideration of race  and  gender  in
     employment  decisions to benefit minorities and females  and
     to disadvantage white males is standard operating procedure"
     at the company, according to the complaint.

          As evidence, the complaint cites statements of  several
     Ford executives. Some of the remarks are openly  anti-white,
     such as the videotaped speech of Ford CEO Jacques Nasser  to
     one  of  the sessions in corporate brainwashing known  as  a
     "diversity  training  seminar." "I do not like  the  sea  of
     white  faces  in the audience," Mr.  Nasser  preached,  "and
     FoMoCo  [cute corporate jargon for the company] must  ensure
     that in the future, the company reflects the broad  spectrum
     of Ford's customers."

          It would be fun to speculate on what would happen to  a
     Fortune  500 CEO who said he disliked seeing so  many  black
     faces  in the audience. Professional ruin would probably  be
     the  least of the consequences, but for bosses  who  dislike
     seeing too many whites, there's no problem.

          Mr. Nasser's anti-white bigotry is not unique, however.
     Richard  Parry-Jones,  Ford's  vice-president  for   product
     development  and quality, says, "We are trapped in  a  mono-
     cultural environment that is dominated by old white  males."
     "We  need to change. We need more employees who are  reflec-
     tive  of  our consumer base." The head of Ford  Credit,  Don
     Winkler,  says, "We went to headhunters who didn't  find  us
     51-year-old  white males." In other words,  some  minorities
     get blacklisted.

          The quotes, none of which seems to be denied by Ford or
     the  gentlemen  who uttered them, have  several  interesting
     implications.  Not the least is that they pretty  much  blow
     the big lie of "color blindness" out of the water. The whole
     rationale for fighting "discrimination" ever since the  sit-
     ins  at  Southern lunch counters has been to  do  away  with
     racial  prejudice  as a basis of admissions to  schools  and
     hiring  and promotion in business. Affirmative action,  man-
     dated by government policy, is one blatant violation of that
     concept. But what Ford has done has been to internalize  the
     new bigotry all by itself, without government help.

          If  that's becoming standard practice at  large  compa-
     nies,  then  whites may not have much future  in  them,  and
     abolishing affirmative action by legislation or court  deci-

     sion  won't help. What the "civil rights  revolution"  turns
     out to mean in reality as opposed to rhetoric and theory  is
     not that no race dominates others, but that one race (namely
     whites) gets dominated by a new racial supremacy.

          Yet  another  implication  is that,  judging  from  the
     remarks  of Mr. Nasser and Mr. Parry-Jones, Ford's push  for
     diversity  is driven not so much by ideology as by  business
     itself -- they think Ford needs to "reflect the broad  spec-
     trum"  of its customers and to have employees "more  reflec-
     tive  of its consumer base."  This may well be  sheer  moon-
     shine,  designed  to make them sound like  good  businessmen
     rather  than a couple of sap-headed do-gooders out to  wreck
     their  own  company. Then again, it may well  be  what  they
     teach in business schools these days. Whichever it is,  it's
     hard to believe that anyone considering buying a Ford car or
     truck much cares what race or gender the executives are.

          But  whatever the economic merits of giving the  bounce
     to  loyal  and experienced white executives and  hiring  and
     promoting new ones just because of their color and sex, what
     the Ford practice may also reveal is the marriage of Econom-
     ic  Man with the totalitarianism politely called  "political
     correctness."   What Ford may be saying is that  racial  and
     sexual discrimination against white males now pays.

          That's  not true, of course, but if not only  Ford  but
     also  enough  other corpo-crats come to believe  it  --  and
     organization  men  can make themselves  believe  just  about
     anything  -- it's one more indication that white  males  are
     going to face more than a few serious problems in the  loom-
     ing  future.  Not only will they lose their country  to  the
     flood of Third World immigrants their government refuses  to
     control,  but  also  they'll lose their jobs  as  their  own
     businessmen  convince  themselves  their  employees  are  no
     longer worth keeping.

          Samuel Francis is a nationally syndicated columnist.

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