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October 14th, 2011
05:16 AM ET

Talk Back: Should companies require interviews with minority job candidates?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

The black community is hurting with 16.7 percent unemployment. Many in the African-American community are saying President Obama is trying, but not hard enough.

Robert Johnson, CEO of Black Entertainment Television, and an influential guy in the world of politics, recently said, "I think the president and the Congress, both sides - I'm not picking on one or the other - they need to go the extra mile to increase opportunities for African-Americans."

Johnson's idea of "going the extra mile?" Expand the NFL's "Rooney Rule" throughout the business world, for executive level jobs. That's the rule requiring the NFL owners to interview at least one African-American candidate when there is a vacancy in a coaching or G-M position.

Johnson claims that there wouldn't be any discrimination happening here because "There's no mandate to hire anybody. It simply - it's what I call best practice enhanced commitment to diversity and inclusion."

Talk Back: Should companies require interviews with minority job candidates?

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