Members of the expat community are submitting complaints to the National Human Rights Committee of South Korea (NHRC) after another job ad requested “only white person(s)” apply.
Concerned members of the community shared this job ad on Facebook. Some rallied others to take action encouraging them to complain to the school and lodge formal complaints.
The Korea Observer called the lady who posted the ad who confirmed they received numerous complaints
“As we are a kindergarten, children get scared of (black) teachers. I got it, I will delete the post,” she said.
The lady specifically mentioned getting a call from a black Canadian who was rather unhappy with the discrimination.
We interviewed the Canadian who contacted the woman.
“I told her how wrong this was and how it is racial discrimination. She kept saying that the kids are afraid of non-white foreigners and that it is her supervisor that want a white teacher,” he said on the condition of anonymity.
“She kept saying sorry.”
The NHRC said they will follow up after receiving complaints.
This is just another example of numerous racial discrimination incidents in South Korea.
Earlier this year Chungdahm April in Seoul came under fire for not wanting to hire black staff.
South Korea does not have a racial discrimination policy.
The only avenue of complaint for victims of racial discrimination is the NHRC who have no legal powers.
More than 90 percent of complaints filed to the NHRC concerning discrimination, based on race or nationality, over the past 14 years were dismissed.
Between November 25 in 2001 through February 28 in 2015, the commission received only 100 complaints concerning race or skin color.
Of them, it dismissed 93 and referred only three of the cases to the relevant ministries.
Tae-hoon Lee contribute to this article.