So you think it's the fault of the profession for not recruiting a more diverse population? No one recruited me (white). I just figured out that I would go to Nursing school. So I guess I am wondering why minorities need to be recruited. Can't people of whatever race, religion, etc. figure out what they want to do and do it? It used to be that there were all-Negro colleges and nurse training schools because Negroes weren't welcome in white schools. That is certainly not the case today. Any race can apply to any school and gain admittance if grades, etc. are within the school's guidelines.
As for how various color males in white coats are treated, yes, you probably do see some behavior based on presumption there. The answer is that the patient will eventually get it. The physican, of whatever color, shape, gender, must simply behave in a physicanly (LOL) manner and people will get the message eventually. Try being a female doctor accompanied by male nurses or aides and see the assumptions at play there. It might be disturbing but the docs can cry all the way to the bank. And eventually the people will know that they are the docs, be they male, female, majority, minority, etc. I'm not saying this is necessarily pleasant or easy but what solution is there? Do you have one?
I'm a little weary of being blamed, openly or not so openly, for ill treatment of minorities. I have never ill-treated any minority ever. I have, however, been ill-treated by them, in that they assume, based on my race, that I view life a certain way and that that way is different from their own view.
I know the history of oppression of blacks, Chinese, native Americans, probably others in this great land of ours. But I didn't do it. I wasn't here, it's not my fault. It happened to your ancestors, not to you. And not by the hand of my ancestors, as they came to this country only 1 generation ago. (early 1900's) And another thing - I was brought up to believe in the worth and goodness and importance of all people, no matter their race, religion, politics, whatever. So I really have a problem with people assuming that I am the enemy because of my race or some other characteristic. I have worked with people from all walks of life (wealthy, poor, in between; both genders, all ages, diverent religions, all political views) and have cared for a very diverse patient population in my long career. I live in an integrated neighborhood, see doctors of various races, shop at several minority-owned businesses, and have visited every kind of church there is. Next week, I am going to Mosque with a neighbor.
I said all that to say this - everyone is biased, it seems. Those we call minority individuals are biased against other minorities and against majorities. Sure, there are plenty of majorities who still don't understand that we are all God's children. But there are just as many minorities who pre-judge majorities and assume the worst about them.
This will probably never really change but definitely can stop only when everyone, including minorities, lays aside presumptions, pre-judgements, and stereotypical ways of thinking and believing. We can't have equality that is really more equal for minorities than for majorities. There has to come a point when minorities say, "OK, time to set aside the past and deal with today" and take a fresh look at the actual individuals they work with and get to know them as people, not as members of a particular race, religion, gender, etc.
Personally, I seriously believe that this will not happen in my lifetime. Right now, we are still at the point where, for instance, for Black History Month, posters go up all over the building about various black heroes and heroines. What do you think would happen if we had a White History Month? Asian you could get by with, or Hindu History Month, or Buddhist History Month, certainly Muslim History Month. But white? This would not be welcomed. It would be like having a White Nurses' Club. There is a Black Nurses' Club where I work. (They have sort of a journal club but also help various staff financially, like when someone does. They solicit donations from everyone for this but I have never seen a non-black helped.) But if the few white nurses openly formed a club, we'd be labeled as racists. I'm sorry but you can't have it both ways. Right is right and fair is fair. Either all can do it or none can do it. Which is it? I have to put up with Christmas stuff for weeks and weeks, too. As a Jew, this is an affront to me but can you imagine what I'd get if I tried to make Christmas disappear from the work place? So I just enjoy the lights on dreary winter days and go on living my life as best I can.
Ironic but where I work, we have top management all black. (CEO, COO, DON, ADON, Clinical Specialist, plus all of their secretaries are black)
Middle management: 8 black and 4 white
male nurses: 6 We desperately wish we had more.
LPN's: 19 black and 1 white.
RN's: 56 black, 3 white, 2 Asian.
aides: 90 black, 3 white.
unit secretaries: all black
Housekeeping: black manager, staff 1 Asian, 3 white, 5 black
Dietary: white manager, staff all black
Maintenance: black manager, staff 4 white, 1 black
Security: white manager, staff 70/30 b/w
Receptionists: 5 black, 0 white
Doctors: Chief of staff Asian, 3 white attendings, 1 black, 10 Asian
There are other departments but you get the idea.
Patients: about 50/50 black and white, very rarely someone who is Asian, Hispanic, or other.
Jews on staff: exactly 3 that I know of
Muslims: about 15%
Protestant: about 65%
Catholic: about 19%
Peace to all. This is our world. Let's make it work for all of us.