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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]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Alice,
      I hope you're joking, connecting him to all liberal Democrats would be ignorant.

      Ok, everybody, let keep this REAL!! That "best person" for the job is BULLSH*T... I work in corporate IT and still see the "good ole'boy network" crap everyday, and if you think it's still not a problem your a blind gnome living in some fairy land....
      Concerning Jesse, untill he has some tanagable proof of unethical practices at (US divisions) he should probably be quiet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Give me a break.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Finished.Law.School
      Are you blind?? Did you not see my comments on Jesse!! Did you see me write anything BAD about Asians??

      Stop trying to fuel the fire.

      And you know nothing about Detroit....
      Other than one of the highest unsolved homicide rates, the city and the surrounding suburbs are known for something else, something more than any where in the country... You're bright, you got a law degree, look it up before you try to lecture someone about racism in the area.
      Cion
      • 8 Years Ago
      The thing is, that this country is just starting to give notice to the wide range of ethnic talent that is in the automobile industry. The head of design for G.M and Chrysler are both black. I wonder if these companies are stakeing the future of almost 1 million workers on just being PC.
      • 8 Years Ago
      phil, you said:

      "48. Just because asians are good at math and science doesn't exempt us from our minority status. There are also asians who are NOT good at math. My point? Stop stereotyping us, and jesse, get off our backs. We're doing what you'd do if you owned a company. You'd employ blacks, we'd employ asians. We're FROM Asia for god's sake. "

      yeah, but their CUSTOMERS, in the u.s., ARE black.

      should they hire a black or hispanic who doesnt have a degree to be an engineer? of course not.

      should they DIVERSIFY their search to include historically black and hispanic colleges/universities, so that they have a better chance of HIRING engineering students? you bet.

      why not? minorities (including asians) are more likely to buy brand names than non-minorities. affluent blacks with college education are more likely to buy a japanese/german car than non-degreed, less affluent people of any race. so why NOT show your market that you RESPECT them enough to hire folks that look like them?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just finished the college process...after reading a research paper from princeton, which stated how asians have the equivalent of 50 SAT points taken off while other minorities (blacks/hispanics) have 150 and 180 SAT points added, i felt like I was being shafted.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fix education? Good idea. Let's start with vouchers and school choice. Then, let's weaken the power of the teachers unions that are ruining education.

      And, by the way, it's a myth that teachers are underpaid. They earn a decent salary plus benefits for 9 months of work and there are 3 to 5 times the number of applicants to teaching jobs. That doesn't suggest any underpayment at all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sounds to me like another Jesse Jackson shakedown is in the works. Does anyonw know what the Japanese and Korean words for "piss off" are?
      • 8 Years Ago
      jessie is the guy who said "if the blacks instead of the whites ran africa all the problems would be over" RIGHT!!!! look at it now a total disaster
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is this guy still around? Is it 1987? Companies should be free to hire the best and brightest for the position, regardless of the wrapper. One of the big problems saddling the Big 2.5 is that they have been forced to hire people because of their wrapper, and promote them above others who may be more qualified - in a vain attempt to have the company "look like America". The problem is, with the Asian automakers is that their people are generally better educated than Americans of any wrapper. The only thing they don't get is how to interact in a Western culture, but is hasn't been a big problem, has it? Look at engineering classes in US Universities - lots of Asians above all. Even the Spelling Bee has a lot of Asians. Just seems to be higher than their population percentage - so what are they doing? Stressing education, not pie-in-sky dreams of playing pro sports that non-Asian families fixate on. These are all generalities, of course, but seems to be a trend. I don't mind being passed over for a promotion if I know the best person got the job - I want the company to succeed, so we all do well.

      You can bet if that Japanese exec was sexually harassing a minority, that Jesse and Co. would be on the first bus to picket in front of their HQ. Hypocrites, all of them. Not concerned about a woman's rights (if indeed the facts are true - innocent until proven guilty) if she is Asian - not the "right" kind of minority.

      Jesse - shouldn't you be fathering another child somewhere? Maybe we could trade you to Libya for future considerations. It's not that I don't like you as a person, Jesse, I just don't like you as a public figure.

      Whew! I feel better now. That's a lot for a Monday morning.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I also have been to Japan Aki. (submariner) As you suggest, I may BE ignorant. I see the term "japs" as not so much insulting, but if offending, I offer my apology, and the suggestion that you get a little thicker skin. I have been referred to in much less endearing terms with a lot more intent. Much ado is made by those who wish to focus an issue away from the facts with "race play". I tell it as I see it. Crusty old men like me tend to do that. I have seen what I have said. The "welcome mat" comes more often with a questioning demeanor and a great reluctance for extended stays. We in the United States require visas too, but grant a lot more than a thirty day limit, and with much less "encouragement" to go home. For a foreigner, (especially a minority), obtaining a Japaneese citizenship is almost impossible. Show me I'm wrong. Re-read the last sentence in my last post kid, after you put fifty more years on you may be ignorant to. Oh yea, I know, you'll never be so close minded or stupid as someone like me. My real fun is looking at all you smart young fellas.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #10
      Are you comparing the "camps" Asians were put into druing WWII to the institution of Slavery?? Oh that good one!!
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