So my patient and a good friend said
” I am a jew, I am gay and I am an alcoholic . I live in the Bible Belt in a dry county. Do you think I don’t know about prejudice”
Dr Cranky ” God I had never thought of it this way . You are literally just a ‘ black’ away from getting lynched . How do you even sleep at night’
So the patient is admitted from the ER At 11 pm . An intern goes to see her and do a history and physical . The patient , an African American woman refuses to let this intern take care of him.
” I don’t want no brown man touching me ”
Unfortunately this being a major hospital In a major United States city , half the doctors are brown and coincidently all the interns on call at night are brown. Most of these interns are born and raised American though and speak American English
We discuss amongst each other and finally a 3rd year resident who is white goes to see the patient .
The senior resident has an Eastern European accent.
The patient says” Can’t I have an American doctor. A white or a black American”
We eventually called our attending who happened to be white . He came and saw the patient . Later on patient was given a letter explaining the rights and responsibilities of patients etc.
The funny part of the story is that until then I did not know that there was a tier system in racism .
Everybody agrees that the number one race is white . They are the baddest of them all , but my oh my ! if there isnt a competition for the number two spot.