Excerpts from Marty’s Musings on the recent Ford anti-gay decisions.
Until last week, Ford was considered one of the most gay-friendly Fortune 500 companies.
Ford has insisted that this is strictly a "business decision."
This "business decision" is the crux of the problem.
HRC, which rates companies on a 100-point Corporate Equality Index, explains that corporations are becoming more gay friendly because "fairness is good for business."
But that makes for a dangerous equation. If the AFA folks buy more Fords than we do, we lose. Justice cannot be denied just because it doesn’t make money.
The bottom line is, indeed, the bottom line. Ford is a corporation that exists to make money.
Until we hold corporations accoutable for more than their profits, this is what we can continue to expect. Ultimately, LGBT equality in the workplace will be a house of cards until society holds corporations accountable for more than making a buck.
Ditto for many such struggles for social justice. The current US system of predatory capitalism which exists solely to make money for a tiny few needs to be changed into something that serves the people. This Ford example is a clear example of how capitalism is exploitative, manipulative, and cares little for human needs when that might get in the way of making an elite few even wealthier.
The net mobilizes.
John Aravosis at AmericaBlog is a) seriously pissed and b) a mighty good organizer, and he’s on a roll. He’s been a one-man Ford wrecking squad these past few days, mobilizing from his blog, naming names, calling Ford on their lies, and printing who to contact at Ford to protest. What’s more, it’s working. Major media has picked up the story. Sure, many other groups are doing all they can too. However AmericaBlog is definitely leading the charge from blogdom.
John has some new bedside reading tonight, a little light reading from Henry Ford, vicious anti-Semite and supporter of Hitler.
Let me quote you a little of the preface:
"The International Jew and his satellites, as the conscious enemies of all that Anglo-Saxons mean by civilization, are not spared, nor is that unthinking mass which defends anything that a Jew does, simply because it has been taught to believe that what Jewish leaders do is Jewish."
He has lots more:
Ford exec who brokered secret deal with gay-haters caught leading the charge for Bush’s extreme right Supreme Court nominees out of his Ford office.
Well, isn’t that cozy… Capitalism and right-wing extremism waltzing together at Ford.