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Skip to comments.Adult in the Room: Ford CEO Responds to Employees' Demands to Stop Making Police Vehicles
Posted on 07/09/2020 10:33:45 AM PDT by rktman
Ford employees have asked the automaker to stop building police cars, according to a Jalopnik report published Wednesday. The request comes as countless Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout America and around the globe, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
Throughout history, the vehicles that Ford employees design and build have been used as accessories to police brutality and oppression, workers wrote in a letter to Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Chairman Bill Ford, according to Jalopnik. We know that while many join, support or supply law enforcement with good intentions, these racist policing practices that plague our society are historic and systemic a history and system perpetuated by Ford for over 70 years ever since Ford introduced the first-ever police package in 1950. As an undeniable part of that history and system, we are long overdue to think and act differently on our role in racism.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett has a strong response:
By taking away our Police Interceptors, we would be doing harm to their safety and making it harder for them to do their job. Again, this is why, given our insights, new capabilities and leadership, I believe these unfortunate circumstances present Ford with an even greater opportunity to not only innovate new solutions but also leverage our unique position to support the dialogue and reform needed to create safer communities for all.
(Excerpt) Read more at pjmedia.com ...
Learn to use search:
Did search with no results. Ergo-—pound sand!
I would have added “If any employee is uncomfortable with Ford’s product line and our valued customers may seek employment elsewhere in line with your values.”
If 10,000 Ford employees felt unhappy...they can leave. There’s 100,000 folks ready to apply for their work.
Read the whole statement. The last sentence is a diplomatic, business-like way of saying: “’Eff you — and get back to work.”
My first car had a 1964 Ford 429 Police Inceptor.
I’m on your side. I rarely post articles now, but I always searched before doing so and often would get people telling me to use search because the story was already here. It’s like it takes a while for stories to show up in the search database table or something.
Learn to use search:
The search option here sucks. I tried to find an article from 2 weeks ago. Nuthin.
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