Our expert says:
Sounds like a badly run office, over-all. Irrespective of racial issues, groups should not be gathering and gossipping in anyone's office during working hours, and HR should be attending to the sort of racist criticisms you are experiencing, probably by running group sessions to discuss such issues.
During any year, many South Africans suffer and larn more than they want to, about suffering. As most people in this country happen to be black, most of the ictims of such suffering are black, too. But it's nonsense to assume that everyone simply by having black skin becomes an expert on suffering - some folks have been fortunate enough to lead happy lives ; suffering isn't universal. And it's also racist and unhelpful to assume that no white person can possibly understand suffering, either.
If there's a black person better qualified to actually do the job effectively ( nobody's suffering is relieved by someone incapable, whatever their colour )in terms of knowledge and experience, then they should get the job in due time. Sounds like your boss, and the HR component of your NGO, are shirking their responsibilities - not only for your sake, but for the sake of the others who seem not to understand the purpose of their work, and the value of their work and yours
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