Last year, we reported how civil rights activist Jesse Jackson asked General Motors to provided emergency funding for minority dealers while the automaker was culling its dealerships in light of its market share.

Now Jackson is calling on Asian automakers to increase the number of ethnic minorities among their staff and management. He points to how Honda, Hyundai, and Kia currently have very few blacks and latinos among their U.S. executives, saying that the companies should be as sensitive to employment practices as Ford and General Motors. While there has been no official response from Honda and Kia at the time of this post, Hyundai responded to Jackson's statement, arguing that it does have minority executives.

[Source: Bloomberg via Detroit Free Press]