Last September five members of the press, my Congressman, one Republican Senator, one Independent Senator and all Democratic Senators received a copy of this position paper. Ask your Senator if he or she read it and what he or she intendeds to do about it. A reply to Charles or me of any kind would be a welcomed start.
Keep in mind, this could be considered an illegal document (the book is definitely illegal) and the treat to me of imprisonment for telling anyone about it except my immediate family is real. Also keep in mind that it was once illegal for black people and women to vote. The question I have now is, why should we? --Jasper
Undoing the Civil Rights Act
Ford's Answer to the 1991 Civil Rights Act (1992-2002)
THE CASE After a ten-year battle to get a hearing on a racial discrimination lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., two African-American plaintiffs won a hollow victory. The hearing was part of a secret Alternate Dispute Resolution process held at the Ford Training Center in Dearborn, MI. Federal Judge Bernard A. Freedman forced the ADR process upon the plaintiffs after he dismissed their class action lawsuit against Ford. Charles Purnell and Jasper Garrison proved that Ford submitted a fraudulent 1992 promotion document to the EEOC and to Judge Freedman that they used to make their rulings against the plaintiffs. However, the Arbitrator awarded nothing to Mr. Purnell for emotional distress and nothing to either party in punitive damages.
A BRIEF HISTORY Prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 no automaker allowed blacks to compete with whites for jobs as clay modelers in the glamorous field of design where all creative work on new auto products begins. In 1965 Ford employed only one black modeler and roughly 250 white ones. In the same year Jasper Garrison entered a school for automotive clay modeling cosponsored by the United States Congress by finishing number one out of 500 applicants on a standard aptitude test then sculpting a scale clay model car.
In July 1966 Mr. Garrison became the third black modeler that Ford hired from the federally sponsored school. Ford assigned him to a studio led by a self-styled nazi. After three months Ford rotated him to a studio led by a Ku Klux Klansman. Shortly before Ford laid him off in November 1967, the Klansman wrote his Performance Review. The deceptive language of the review caused Mr. Garrison to believe that his "Satisfactory Plus" was higher than average when, in fact, it was below average and adversely impacted the rest of his career.
By similar devious means Ford insured that Mr. Garrison would not return to Ford when he was called back a year later and hired Mr. Purnell instead. In 1970 Mr. Garrison, the former Division Training NCO in an Army Reserve training unit, joined the Regular Army. In '71 he received the Army Commendation Medal as a combat soldier in Vietnam. In '73 he was working as a modeler for American-Motors when Ford called him and asked him to apply for a clay modeling job at Ford. When he did apply Ford rejected him on the grounds that his salary demand was too high. When Mr. Garrison reapplied in '77 Ford used the minimum salary demand on his application to argue that it gave him more than he asked for while paying him less than the standard rate for comparable white modelers. Ford assigned Mr. Garrison to a studio where the word "nigger" was in common use. Ford then used Mr. Garrison's promotions to deny Charles Purnell the promotions to which he was entitled and its overlapping systems of merit increases and promotions to deny Mr. Garrison the merit increases he was entitled to. In 2002 Ford argued to the ADR Arbitrator Jerry Roscoe that no black modeler ever reached the top 20% of compensation because no black modeler ever performed to the level of white modelers in its top 20%.
Mr. Garrison's undisputed testimony shows that he played a key role in winning Ford three Motor Trend Car of the Year awards. His technical innovations are unsurpassed by any modeler in Ford's history. His lead-time-reduction process is now in use worldwide. Mr. Garrison was Ford's first black Master Modeler. He rose to that rank only after five white modelers were promoted ahead of all four black modelers on Ford's payroll and the black modelers threatened legal action. In November 2001 Mr. Garrison suffered a major heart attack of unknown origin. The life-threatening environment created by the ADR finding eventually forced him to retire. Ford never had more than one black Master Modeler at the same time and no black Master Modeler ever held that position for more than two years. Ford never considered Charles Purnell for the position, for which the Arbitrator awarded him $54,000 in back pay minus Mr. Roscoe's fee of $4,000. Mr. Garrison's total compensation minus the Arbitrator's fee came to $6,622.15. At the time of the ADR finding Ford had only two black clay modelers. At age 60, Charles Purnell was the youngest. He has since been pressured to resign.