Monday, September 21, 2009

'I cannot stand white people'

It must be very hard to be faced with one's own short comings on a daily basis, which is exactly what happens anywhere in the world with blacks amongst their white colleagues. So a black guy from SAA blurts it out that he can't stand white people. That's not a problem in itself because it's just an honest opinion, however, there are not many blacks that are willing to reciprocate such understanding when it comes to the white race. I often wonder whether my black colleagues have an idea of the white's frustration at having to sink to their horribly inferior work ethic in the New! Improved! South Africa's affirmative action work environment. Judging from the many stories that I've heard like the one that follows, it is evident that the blacks can't take what they are dishing out.

SA Airways Technical is trying to sweep a racism complaint under the carpet, trade union Solidarity said on Monday.

"A black employee hurled racist remarks at another employee in August this year, saying that he could not stand white people and also could not stand working with white people," said Solidarity spokesman Jaco Kleynhans in a statement.

Solidarity criticised the company's decision not to take disciplinary action against the employee.

The union said last week it had granted the company three days to take "the correct disciplinary action", but the employee in question was only warned about his remarks and management now regarded the issue as concluded.

"These statements were aimed directly and in an insulting and racist manner at the person's white colleague and white people in general... It is nothing less than blatant racism."

Shortly after the incident, the member submitted a grievance to the employer, but the employer decided not to follow the disciplinary procedures, as prescribed for complaints about racist behaviour, the union said.

"According to SAA Technical's disciplinary code, a charge of racism is grounds for immediate suspension, after which the applicable disciplinary action must be taken," the union said.

It said the company earlier indicated that it preferred employing mediation as an alternative to disciplinary action.

"Employees cannot act inconsistently in cases such as this one.

"The disciplinary route simply has to be followed and directives cannot be ignored at will," Solidarity said.

It added that racism was not a mild charge and, therefore, no employer could afford to take it lightly.

"Mild action sends the message to employees that it is acceptable to infringe on the human dignity of others with racist remarks," Kleynhans said.

"Management reiterated to Solidarity that the member is in fact entitled to taking the matter further internally, but this is meaningless," Kleynhans said.

He said the member had already tackled the correct internal procedure, but management did not follow the correct disciplinary route and was now trying to "sweep a serious case of racism under the carpet".

SAA could not be reached immediately for comment.

9 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

"I often wonder whether my black colleagues have an idea of the white's frustration at having to sink to their horribly inferior work ethic in the New! Imporved! South Africa's affirmative action work environment."

Like you're Einstein? Consider yourself lucky you still have a job with such a lousy attitude.

Better to flip pancakes in NZ no?

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting article about SAA:

FishEagle said...

Anon, my management gets the same effort out of me that they put in, which is fuck all. They haven't a clue about a fraction of my achievements because they are too dumb to realize the importance of most of the work I've done. That's what happens when a moron is in charge of a project. Assuming you're a SAn, you should be thanking your lucky stars that I'm around to continue the work considering that I get no recognition AT ALL. I refuse to be one of those rejected, white government employees that have a misguided belief that they are valuable in the eyes of their black bosses because they cover the affirmative action appointees' jobs. Besides, nowadays it's almost every position in the government, and therefor it becomes an impossible task. I get a little perverted pleasure out of seeing how the die hard denialists are straining under the pressure of doing all the black's work. Idiots.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link UBN
Good read

Anonymous said...

@Anon 5:19. You don't know that the contributor isn't an Einstein. As a legitimate graduate I can attest that the contributor at least has an IQ of 120. Given that Einstein had a recorded IQ of 155, and that the average white has an IQ of 100, this equates to a 55 point differential. Given that the average sub-Saharan black has an average IQ of 67; their IQ differential, relative to the contributor, would be 53 points. So, yes, the contributor is indeed an Einstein.

Anonymous said...

haha, nice one Vanilla Ice

Mad Kiwi said...

@Anon 5:19. "Better to flip pancakes in NZ no?"

Pancakes in NZ? LOL, but you are ignorant aren't you?

If there was such a job it prolly will pay better than working for SAA anyway, and you don't have to put up with cheeky darkies. I know, I worked there, and there were plenty of them K4s who really got up your nose. But the simple factor that he was black allowed them to get away with it, if a white bloke behaved likewise he would have been sorted long ago.

Anonymous said...

@ VI, very good LOL.

FishEagle said...

VI, you've given me a new perspective about my status amongst my black colleagues. Lol. Thanks! :)