Nowadays, racism is a reality in the United States, as more people become its victims and have to face it more often. Dr. Esther Choo, a medical professional of Asian descent, has recently talked about how racism affects her at her workplace. Many patients refused to receive her medical attention and required a white doctor instead.
People refused her services due to her Asian descent
Dr. Choo has been in the field for over ten years, but she still has to face reluctance from some of her patients. She lives in Oregon, where there are quite a lot of white nationalists. Recently, she has posted a detailed story of what she has to deal with from these kinds of patients.
Several times a year, there comes a patient in the emergency room who just won’t agree to receive medical attention from Dr. Choo. This happens solely on the basis of her race. When this happens, she has to stay calm, explain these people how she understands their view, but she is still qualified to offer them all the care they need.
In most cases, the only alternative these people had was to receive medical services from an intern, who was white. They either chose the intern, who clearly didn’t have the same experience, or sought a different hospital or medical facility.
Racism is a serious issue in the United States
At first, Dr. Choo was highly disappointed and lacked self confidence. Now, she managed to move on and ignore such events. Her tweets came shortly after the Charlottesville incident. Here, many white nationalists gathered for a meeting, where things got pretty intense. This led to the killing of one counter-protester.
Many people of different descent have to face these prejudices, both in the medical field and in other places. Instead of responding in the same manner, these people have learned how to overlook such incidents, and promote tolerance as much as they can.
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