Imagine being a black woman on a plane, and a medical emergency happens. Everyone is asking if there’s a doctor available. You raise your hand, but Delta Airlines doesn’t believe you. Yeah, that’s exactly what happened during Dr. Tamika Cross’ Detroit flight.
Last Sunday, Cross attempted to assist a man a few seats ahead of her who was having a health crisis, but a flight attendant who doubted she was a physician.
Delta Airlines responded to Cross’ claims of bias by stating:
“Discrimination of any kind is never acceptable. We’ve been in contact with Dr. Cross and one of our senior leaders is reaching out to assure her that we’re completing a full investigation.”
And social media responded with #WhatBlackDoctorsLookLike:
— Kryssy P, PharmD (@kryssptreats) October 14, 2016
I've been asked where the REAL doctor is, asked if I'm front desk staff, told I was too ghetto, asked if I'm sure I want to keep this hairstyle, asked if I was a nurse, but never immediately thought of as the doctor. I stand with my other melanin queens who are changing the stereotype of what a doctor should look like through their tenacity, intelligence, drive and of course their #blackgirlmagic !!! ________________________________________________ #thisiswhatadoctorlookslike #whatadoctorlookslike #tamikacross #blackwomenmds #blackwomeninpsychology #blackdoctors #blackgirlsdoc #blackgirlsrock #blackgirlmagic #melanin #blackgirls #blackisbeautiful #blackphd #doctors #hospital #motivate #motivation #educate #education #inspire #inspiration #psychology #psychologist
— Reverend & Doctor (@Dr_FireAndIce) October 14, 2016
— Dr Eno Nsima-Obot (@askdreno) October 14, 2016
Maybe the flight attendant should take a look at the hashtag and get rid of her notions about what doctors should look like.