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When your email about race goes national

by Professor Brant Lee on April 29, 2010

in Brant Lee,Communications Law,Professionalism,Right to Privacy

Here's a foofaraw about the dangers of law students not being careful about what they say in emails…or maybe it's about the violations of privacy norms and the malicious forwarding of email. See if you think it's something you might have done–either writing the email or the distribution of it.


larry d. April 30, 2010 at 7:10 am

Ugly racist eugenics speculation wouldn't have a place in law school if the legal profession were more interested in protecting everyone's rights equally rather than instituting social justice.

Dan S. April 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm

RE:"….about the dangers of law students not being careful about what they say":PERIOD. Hmmm, so what happened to Crimson's right to free speech? What difference does it make if the statement was made verbally, electronically, or on papyrus? She has the right to her opinions; even if those opinions are commonly considered archaic, racist, or just plain boneheaded. It is ridiculous to presume that any words spoken in the presence of others are to be considered 'private' anymore. The error, if there was one, was committed by Outraged by limiting the redistribution of the statements to only African American groups. That, in my opinion, showed a racist response to a racist statement. Wouldn't it have been more appropriate to bring the matter to the Harvard administration as a student conduct issue? Let the fitness for a clerkship be decided by those making the appointment, not by external pressure from student groups with a racial bias/grudge.

Kristina April 30, 2010 at 11:33 pm

After initially choking on the astounding display of privilege and arrogance (oh, you think it's a utopia to have everyone live in an equal world? Tell you what, sister – let's cut all of your financial cushion out from underneath of you, make you try to live on minimum wage, and see how far your "intelligence" gets you), I did take a step back and try to think how I would respond. And as much as I understand "Outraged's" desire to forward that email along, I also think it was not effective, at least, judging by the comments at abovethelaw.

I have received similarly worded emails, and my responses are sharply-worded replies (with citations to back up my statements). If nothing else, the sender hasn't sent any of those types of emails to me again.

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