OK. This won't be easy, but if you're serious about addressing this issue, you'll stay with me here. Let's try to put ourselves in that rejected man's shoes. How is he supposed to know that his race had no factor, however small, in determining his instant rejection? Blacks are painfully aware of people's subconscious preference for white people over black people in almost every walk of life. They don't have to read the studies or look at the statistics, because they feel racism in every aspect of our lives. They do not choose to be victims of racism; this is simply the existing reality with which they must contend. That, Hamster, is where you're stuck. You don't get what blacks have been desperately trying to tell whites for a long, long, long time. You choose to not understand that their anger against us is a direct result of their pain from us.
Examine your white privilege honestly. Try it. It's worth the initial discomfort. Take it from this white guy who didn't even accept the fact that it was a thing for much of his life.
With all due deference to your job, if you can't see how that contributes to the cycle of systematic discrimination, then you really can't see the problem itself. Unless we were to live in a lily-white community--and I don't want that--it is imperative to be culturally sensitive in matters such as these. For instance, if a truly unqualified candidate who is black is summarily rejected for an open position, and he starts lashing out verbally at you, then you have a clear responsibility to not let his disrespect cause you to exhibit poor judgment in a way that will cause him harm. This is the critical moment when Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo failed. And I ask you, were this to happen to you: Do you have a game plan ready to execute that will both serve the best interests of your organization and preserve his civil rights?That is what was going on with that study; why take the chance on a black kid when their are equally qualified whites? It's not racism though because that line of thought isn't without merit. We all know the statistics by now; 1 in 4 African American Adult Males are felons, half of the homicides that are committed in this country are blacks despite the fact they only make up an eighth of the population (with 90% of those blacks killed in black on black crime), blacks have the highest dropout rates, etc. This all is on top of the fact that the black culture isn't exactly conducive to a professional atmosphere, to say the least. All of the above means that blacks are behind the eight ball in terms of starting out.