Magic Johnson knows how to make Google, Apple hire more black people


magic-johnson-fieldRecent statistics on the racial and gender makeup of their workforces from such companies as Google, Apple, and others, show that there are very few black people employed there.

The high-tech sphere is overwhelmingly white, Asian and male, USA Today reported.

Missing in the ranks of major technology companies are blacks and Hispanics. At Intuit, African Americans are 4% of workers; Hispanics are 6%. Just 2% of U.S. workers at Google and Facebook are black. In the U.S. workforce, 12% are black and 14% are Hispanic.

Former All-Star, legendary NBA guard Magic Johnson believes he has the answer to how to make the big companies hire more black people, and have more diversity.

“A lot of color people want to work for these incredible companies and brands, who are leading the way in tech field,” he said.”Who wouldn’t want to work for Apple or Google?”

When asked if he could tap into the black community for the right people, Johnson said he’s in that community every day.

“I would be willing to be the go-between-guy, or my company, to find the people they [companies] are looking for,” Johnson told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview.

“And these people will be qualified too, that’s the number one thing, and we will make sure of that,” Johnson added.

“If you went out and said that there are 20 or 100 job opportunities, the word will get out to the community, to the college students, who are looking for jobs within Apple or Google, or whoever,” Johnson said.

Johnson says sometimes there’s a job opportunity, but the word goes out too late, and no one tells about it to the candidates, who are people of color.

When asked if reps of Google, Yahoo or Apple could call Johnson’s company, to find new employees, former NBA All-Star was quick to reply.

“We will make it happen,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for over 35 years. I’ve done this for other big corporations as well, like Best Buy, so I know how to do it.”

“So they just have to give me a call. If they’re looking for talent, if they’re looking for a potential business partner, give me a call,” Johnson said.

Johnson denied that he has called the mentioned Google, Apple of Yahoo himself, and explained why.

“It has to be about diversity,” he said. “I know some CEOs, but it is up to them to have diversity. I am sure Google, Yahoo, Apple and others are trying to figure this out. They need to partner with somebody to be effective.”

Johnson’s career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations.

He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2. He played in 906 NBA games, holding career averages of 19.5 ppg, 11.2 apg and 7.2 rpg in 36.7 minutes per game.

Johnson was a member of the “Dream Team”, the U.S. basketball team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. He also is a 5-time NBA Champion.

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