"I'd like to fw it to Dr. tgfiboss. We have to be careful with outside authors".
Then in the next email, he has sent us all a link to dustball.com with a note
"We use this regularly to check all our manuscripts, this is a good way to check cutting and pasting".
I got a bit irked by that but let it go. Then, he follows up this with another separate email to my boss alone in which he says
"Dear Dr. tgfisboss, Please dont take it personally, i admire your writing work, i just want to be careful and avoid problems as we have faced in the past. People from overseas have the habit of cutting and pasting"
What is worse is, this dude is a foreigner himself. All the authors on this review are, except tgfiboss.
What is even worse is, my boss replies to him with one line
"Do what you have to do"
- and cces it to me. Thats how I get to read this dude praising my boss and painting all foreigners with one wide brush. I am not even sure why my boss cc-ed me on it.
This whole thing pisses me off on various levels. The blatant stereotyping, the horrible attitude that it is only important to be respectful to the big guy, the small folks can be insulted/stereotyped all you want and finally, my boss being equally non-committal and dismissive of such attitudes instead of putting in some effort to stand up for the integrity of his lab members.
This is what i plan to write back to him and cc my boss on it (ETA: The text of this email is the result of my husband - B's editing, and hence a lot more professional and less frothing at the mouth :) )
"Dear Dr. Mainauthor
I understand your concerns. I am familiar with dustball.com having used it as a TA when I taught undergrad classes, where violations were prevalent regardless of nationality or country of origin. Please feel free to check my work using your resources.