What will you choose? Getting yourself help from someone when you are dying or die just because the person who is willing to help is a different gender, colour or race? Apparently, dying is not a luxury that gives you any choices.
A hard-hitting incident happened with Tamika Cross while she was on Delta Flight to Detriot to attend a wedding. She was ‘not allowed’ to treat a dying a patient just because a white air hostess was absolutely sure that a black lady cannot be a doctor.
The crew waited for a white doctor to show up and spoke to Tamika Cross in a condescending tone, because of her colour. She used Facebook to express her rage over the episode.
I’m sure many of my fellow young, corporate America working women of color can all understand my frustration when I say I’m sick of being disrespected.
Was on Delta flight DL945 and someone 2 rows in front of me was screaming for help. Her husband was unresponsive. I naturally jumped into Doctor mode as no one else was getting up. Unbuckle my seatbelt and throw my tray table up and as I’m about to stand up, flight attendant says “everyone stay calm, it’s just a night terror, he is alright”. I continue to watch the scene closely.
A couple mins later he is unresponsive again and the flight attendant yells “call overhead for a physician on board”. I raised my hand to grab her attention. She said to me “oh no sweetie put ur hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don’t have time to talk to you” I tried to inform her that I was a physician but I was continually cut off by condescending remarks.
Then overhead they paged “any physician on board please press your button”.
I stare at her as I go to press my button. She said “oh wow you’re an actual physician?” I reply yes. She said “let me see your credentials. What type of Doctor are you? Where do you work? Why were you in Detroit?” (Please remember this man is still in need of help and she is blocking my row from even standing up while Bombarding me with questions).
I respond “OBGYN, work in Houston, in Detroit for a wedding, but believe it or not they DO HAVE doctors in Detroit. Now excuse me so I can help the man in need”. Another “seasoned” white male approaches the row and says he is a physician as well. She says to me “thanks for your help but he can help us, and he has his credentials”. (Mind you he hasn’t shown anything to her. Just showed up and fit the “description of a doctor”) I stay seated. Mind blown. Blood boiling. (Man is responding the his questions and is seemingly better now Thank God)
Then this heifer has the nerve to ask for my input on what to do next about 10 mins later. I tell her we need vitals and blood sugar. She comes back to report to me a BP of 80/50 (super low, to my non medical peeps) and they can’t find a glucometer. We continue down that pathway of medical work up, but the point is she needed my help and I continued to help despite the choice words I had saved up for her.
The patient and his wife weren’t the problem, they needed help and we were mid flight. She came and apologized to me several times and offering me skymiles. I kindly refused. This is going higher than her. I don’t want skymiles in exchange for blatant discrimination. Whether this was race, age, gender discrimination, it’s not right. She will not get away with this….and I will still get my skymiles….
Regardless of what age, station, sexual orientation, shading or race you hail from, nothing on the planet can legitimize the stooping conduct of that air leader towards the woman. The hypocritic vow that specialists take, obliges them to be consistent with their calling. Tamika did wouldn’t fret the tone of the air leader since she truly needed to help the oblivious patient, who may have wound up losing his life.
I trust there is a lesson learned here for everybody who thinks that its alright to separate individuals on any grounds by any means.