Our expert says:
I agree that office romances are usually not a good idea, and often create needless problems. Maybe he just wants to be a bit more friendly ? Maybe you can say to him, that you get the feeling that he is sensitive, like you, and don't want to hurt his feelings ; but that you long ago decided against any office romances. But that you appreciate his friendship and kindness. As others say, his colour / race isn't directly relevant, except I think you're saying both that it could cause further problems if either of you DID want to move towards a deeper relationship ; and perhaps it makes it a bit more difficult for you to accurately read him and understand his intentions. As Candy says, he's probably just being friendly, and if he's a bit lonely himself, may be just a tiny bit awkward in how he does this. Friendship need be no problem, so long as you're both agreed on where the friendship is NOT going
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