night owl, your topic line lacks "umph"..not the drawing you were seeking
you ARE "one of them"..lol j/k Seriously, vegas, you rock.
I have a different concern. I think it's human nature for one to take care of their own first..kinda like a maternal thing. My concern isn't so much the discrimination as is the fact that it appears the CNA's just don't have time to do all that's required of them. I don't see the harm in them caring for the black resident's first (not that I agree with their reasoning) as long as they do what's needed for everyone in the course of the day. They can't be expected to give immediate and equal care to everyone, so to suggest they change their ritual would suggest they care for the white residents first...that's no better than the current problem. Are they wasting time after finishing with the black residents or do they not have enough time to do everyone??
Now, I have another opinion. I've seen numerous times where the white nurses favor the white residents (as someone earlier stated it's normal (not right) to spend more time with those you're more comfortable with/have more in common with). Is it possible the CNA's are compensating for what their seeing the white nurses do..or not do? ALSO, AND MOST importantly, I've witnessed over and over again, white residents calling the black CNA's and black nurses "niggers" (gawd I can't believe I typed that) and talking to them as if they are their slaves. Damned if I'd go out of my way to care for someone who talked down to me like that...ESPECIALLY if my race had suffered what the black race has. I watched my own, biggoted grandmother do the above..and I was hurt, shocked and amazed all at the same time. The sweet little black ladies would care for her as if she were their mother...all the while, she cursing them and calling them every derrogatory term she could muster (she did have dementia, BUT not an excuse for racial slurs, imho).
So, I think sometimes, we have to look at the whole picture..not just in black and white. Yes, I notice our CNA's providing BETTER care to black patients, but I also don't feel they neglect the white. I don't think there's anything wrong with selectively going the extra mile..so long as everyone's basic needs are met. This is one of those things that is not likely go change in our lifetime, so the best thing we can do is try to understand why these things happen..and try to set an example for everyone.