The Plane Crew Doesn't Believe Black Woman Is A Doctor And Nearly Lets Passenger Die Midflight
The world has changed and is constantly changing every minute of the day. We have done the most remarkable things in recent times. Together- all of us here, on this planet, have made so many things that were impossible possible.
But sadly no matter how much we progress together in terms of achievements and technologies, we are lagging behind in the most important of all ways- humanity.
Racism is one of the most worst things to have ever taken root in humanity's history. There is no nice way of defining racism or even expressing it.
It is the cold rationale that a particular set of people divided based on their skin's color or origin are better than the rest.
Even after all this progress, we are still unable to uproot this 'racism' that exists in the mindsets of many today. One such incident of racism came to light recently which has left everyone outraged.
#3 Meet Tamika Cross
Tamika Cross is an OBGYN. And recently she was on a flight out of Detroit when a man on the plane had medical complications. Being a doctor, she stepped forward immediately to tend to the patient. But she was withheld from providing any sort of attention to the patient because the plane crew couldn't believe that she, a black woman was a doctor.
Clearly outraged, Tamika Cross took to social media to express her anger.
#2 What she posted....
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....
Her post has earned over 5000 shares and 12000 reactions.Here's hoping that the flight crew on her fully paid vacation to Tahiti are a better lot.
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