This US doctor has received a lot of support after talking about the racism she encounters from patients
“The best thing I can do is make sure their hate finds no purchase here.”
A US-based doctor has received messages of support after taking to Twitter to speak about the racism she confronts at her hospital.
Esther Choo, from Oregon, shared her experience about white nationalists visiting her hospital and refusing to accept her care.
1/ We've got a lot of white nationalists in Oregon. So a few times a year, a patient in the ER refuses treatment from me because of my race.— Esther Choo (@choo_ek) August 13, 2017
In a 10-tweet thread, Choo wrote: “We’ve got a lot of white nationalists in Oregon. So a few times a year, a patient in the ER refuses treatment from me because of my race.
“I don’t get angry or upset, just incredulous over the psychology of it. The conversation usually goes like this… Me: ‘I understand your viewpoint. I trained at elite institutions & have been practising for 15 years. You are welcome to refuse care under my hands, but I feel confident that I am the most qualified to care for you. Especially since the alternative is an intern.”
Choo goes on to say that they usually end up going for the white intern.
“Breathtaking, isn’t it?” she continued. “To be so wedded to your theory of white superiority, that you will bet your life on it, even in the face of clear evidence to the contrary?
“Sometimes I just look at them, my kin in 99.9% of our genetic code, and fail to believe they don’t see our shared humanity.”
But Choo adds that she doesn’t let the hate get to her any more, saying: “I used to cycle through disbelief, shame, anger.
“Now I just show compassion and move on. I figure the best thing I can do is make sure their hate finds no purchase here.”
Her message her received a lot of support on Twitter and many praised her for her compassion and being an inspiration.
I have had very similar experiences in Nashville, Tennessee. Thank you for speaking out Dr. Choo. It means a lot for all of us.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 14, 2017
Your compassion shines through.— Isabel Jordan (@seastarbatita) August 14, 2017