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Ford Foundation President: Henry Ford was a racist, also first capitalist to tackle inequality

July 23, 2020 | 4:58 PM GMT
When asked whether the name of the Ford Foundation is still appropriate, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker says that his foundation’s original benefactor, Henry Ford, was an anti-Semite and a racist, but also a brilliant industrialist who was the first capitalist to name inequality as a problem. “Henry Ford was a complicated, flawed genius. I am able to hold both of those narratives…the duality of who we are as a people cannot be denied and we must come to grips with how to hold both of those narratives…I am comfortable, I do not believe that we need to be named anything other than the Ford Foundation because without Henry Ford…we wouldn’t be doing the work that we do in the world today.