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If a partner sent out a racist email and it got forwarded to you, would you report it to ethics? He basically suggested a team name that equates to something along the lines of "ching chang chong".

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Surprised by so many people suggesting OP leaks it; shows how little time we have for forgiveness and redemption. And how entrenched we have become in our sanctimony. Leaking it could damage this Partner's clients, and his career and family life, all for being loose with words or lapsing in judgment (after all there's been no evidence that this incident is an indication of structural/institutional racism within that Partner's team).

The best option is to offer him a way out; say that you had seen these words attributed to him and that he should be aware of the potential damage to he and the firm's reputation. Given the option to recant and apologize, you'd be surprised how many people would take it and use it as an opportunity to reform. I wouldn't be surprised if that Partner asks you for coaching on the issue.

It comes down to the question of do you want to punish the offender or do you want to reform him for the better?

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Seriously chill the fuck out. Listen to C1. It's an American thing to get offended by everything I guess. I'm brown and lived in a few places where it's very normal to make fun of each other's color and race. Come on guys. There are definitely assholes everywhere, most of us are actually good people. Can't we just have fun and live in this world without getting offended by everything? That partner might've had a completely different relationship with the person he emailed. They might've been friends who're cool with this.

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Unless the team is comprised of Jung Ching, Pai Chang and Lee Chong..

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It's racist-don't normalize it. Leak it

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So has anyone suggested the orient express??

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YES

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Here's an idea, why don't you send an email to the Partner and say you realize you're just a lowly Associate/Senior whatever, but had seen that he had sent this email and that you think it could be construed as racist and bring he and the firm into disrepute, so you're flagging it with him. Kind of an FYI.

Give him the option to retract or apologize. He might even appreciate and respect you for it.

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Never worked with him or met him before, but part of me is upset by this and don't think it should be acceptable esp. not in the workplace.

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OP isn't "making this an issue." The issue exists. Sweeping it under the rug doesn't help anybody, and there is no reason to protect people like this from the consequences of their actions.

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Ethics won't do anything because this person is a partner. At most, a slap on the wrist. Leak it to the media. I'm sure GoingConcern (amongst other) would love to get a piece of this

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OP needs to relax. God damn who cares

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Ching Chang Chong as a stand alone ain't racist, could you provide more context?

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Snitches get stitches

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Thanks guys for the input. Really appreciate the support. @EY3 the email was sent to a Chinese girl that I'm working with to organize a team. The name was sent to her as a suggestion for the team. So yeah I think I have enough information. The point is this: regardless of his intent he should know it's not okay and it's offensive. I'm not trying to be a crusader, just trying to make sure this is a less common practice in the work place. No deserves to feel uncomfortable because someone is ignorant. Taking into account the comments, the email recipient and I are going to bring it to the partners who chair the Asian diversity network. Hopefully they can talk to the guy and he'll be receptive coming from someone of the same level.

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Thanks for all the support/advice. @K2 You're part of the problem. Lots of people care. It impacts me and other Asian Americans in the office. It could also impact people he works directly with if says racist comments on a day to day basis. It's messed up and wrong. I would be just as upset if he made a comment targeting another race.

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Report it. I would actually call him out if it was in person. We already take racist comments from clients, no need to take it from our own company

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the number of people telling you to leak the email is astounding. Internal mechanisms exist for a reason--because they're in everybody's interest. if you make it an external issue they could come down on you hard, and they would be well within their right

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Do all you want. I'm a European in the US and I think everyone should cool the F down. I have lived in many countries where everyone made jokes about everyone all the time: men, women, teachers, constructions workers, lawyers, people from certain countries, skin colors, and mostly about yourself. I've never experienced racism to be a problem in that sense until I got here - I may be exaggerating slightly, but you see racism in every damn thing. In this case - you don't seem to know him and whether this is structural in ANY way or not, you have no idea if you may or may not have misinterpreted the whole situation, have no idea if it were maybe relating to a joke they had shared before. If you leak this without conducting due diligence you may ruin someone's career just like that. If you do that, by God, I hope it happens to you next time you crack a joke you had intended a little differently, and that someone who just happened to walk in the room and you had never seen before, doesn't think for a second and walks to HR.

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Ok then very racist.

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It's he latter. He's a Caucasian male.

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@EY if the partner had said something similar against blacks, do you think OP would still be asking this question? I would leak that shit. Or forward it to someone who will.

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