- Co-founder and co-editor of the Black Commentator
- Pro-socialism journalist
- Died on July 28, 2021
Glen Ford was the co-founder (along with Peter Gamble) and co-editor of Black Commentator (BC), a weekly Internet webzine that publishes articles and information on issues it deems pertinent to the African American community. Describing its target audience as “African Americans and their allies in the struggle for social and economic justice,” BC’s stated objective is to provide “commentary, analysis and investigation – elements of political dialogue that are absolutely essential to the creation of movements for social change.” BC’s suggestions for social change are predicated on the axiom that America is a “racist society” that has done virtually nothing substantive to atone for, or to reform, its past transgressions and injustices. When BC examines American society, it sees evidence of racism and continuing injustice everywhere.
The pro-socialist Ford has been an outspoken critic of President Bush and his prosecution of the War on Terror. Prior to the 2004 elections, Ford stated, “The Bush strategy is pure war. And although the Bush men’s endless war strategy would rapidly sharpen the contradictions of this stage of Capitalism, the world might not live to see the ultimate unraveling. A Kerry victory might have the effect of giving Capitalism a breather. However, having stopped practicing juvenile politics at the overdue age of 25, and believing it selfish to allow my desire to actually witness the fall of Capitalism to influence my analysis, I want this rabid regime, gone.” In a co-written BC article, Ford and Gamble lament, “The people in charge of Bush are different from their class predecessors, a relatively recent mutation spawned by hyperactive capital, massive corporate corruption, and the maddening allure of global plunder. They are pirates. . . . Only mass mobilization can dislodge the pirates from power.”
Ford has had a long career in journalism. In 1977 he and Gamble founded America’s Black Forum, the first-of-its-kind, nationally syndicated African-American news interview program on television. Ford was the Mutual Black Network’s Capitol Hill, State Department, and White House correspondent; in that role, he delivered daily radio commentaries. He also worked as a political columnist for the magazine Encore; he has been a newsman at numerous local radio stations; he was credited with founding Rap It Up, the first national Hip Hop radio show in America; he created the national radio syndication Black Agenda Reports, which featured five daily programs on such topics as black history, women, business, sports, and entertainment; and he produced the national radio series Black History Through Music. Ford also authored the 1985 book The Big Lie: Analysis of U.S. Press Coverage of the Grenada Invasion.
Ford died on July 28, 2021 in Manhattan, New York.