Maybe I wasn't clear that I also have a lack of respect for J's technical and leadership skills.
Yes; let me clarify:
if thay had treated J with full respect & courtesy,
and J had abused them anyway
, then racial motivation woud be clearer.
If thay provoked him
with their "obvious" disdain
then it is much more difficult to attribute his negative conduct to racism, as distinct from retribution
As Isaac Newton woud say:
"for every action, there is an equal and oppostie re-action."
Since his leadership deficit appears obvious to me, I'm left scratching my head as to why
he was promoted over two more competent people.
We lack sufficient factual information to know that. Nepotism?
Did he secretly pay the decision maker?
or is the decision maker an especially good friend
Assuming that the person who made that decision could see what I see, it seems like very poor judgment to make that decision. If they could not see what I see, the question is why couldn't they. I'm not someone who goes about picking on people's shortcomings so believe me when I say that his are very difficult to conceal. So I'm suggesting that racial bias was a factor in what that person and J both were able to perceive about themselves and A, M and D.
It seems to me that critical information is absent,
such that it is impossible to draw an inference.