Racist surgeon? - page 4

So I've been working at this hospital for over a year, in a rural part of the South, one that seems to be stuck in the 50s. The environment in this hospital isn't that bad as most of the docs,... Read More

  1. by   applewhitern
    I have lived in the deep south my entire life, and we are not as racist as some may think. I was born and raised in MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, of all places, and I honestly do not see any more racism in the south than anywhere else. Fortunately, George Wallace isn't governor anymore. We aren't anything like how we are portrayed in the movies, either. You will find people who are uneducated, racist bigots everywhere! This surgeon just hasn't learned we all have to live in this world; he isn't special.
  2. by   RadiantLynneBSN
    "My big question is what is the approximate age of this surgeon and chief of surgery. Yes, there still are people who act this way. Part of it has to do with age. During the time I have been alive, it has gone from ******, negro, colored up to now being African-American. Some people find it hard to adapt. Then you need to factor in where he has lived much of his life. I can still visit the south and hear some of the unacceptable words from people who have lived there their whole lives."

    It's obvious a big difference from words used to identify a person based on race, and calling someone a derogatory slur such as 'buckwheat'. ATTENTION idiot: Buckwheat has NEVER been a identifying term for a race no more than calling you a B word is to identify your sex. Stop being patronizing with that stupid 'gaslight' technique. Most folks are not really idiots.
  3. by   RadiantLynneBSN
    " ...Hospital staff don't have to be "from other cities" in order for the atmosphere of a hospital to be inclusive and respectful of everyone...."
    Nope. But it definitely helps if you have an environment where racial hatred is acceptable to bring more enlightened folk from other areas where it is not an acceptable practice as part of their world-view.
  4. by   RadiantLynneBSN
    ..."None of this finger pointing does anyone any good."
    Sure. What excellent finger pointing. Not being comfortable with a surgeon identifying a person of color as 'buckwheat'. So...if a surgeon identifies you as the a royal c*nt one day. I'll make a note that for you...to object to that is "fingerpointing" Noted!
    Last edit by RadiantLynneBSN on Sep 3, '16 : Reason: spell correction
  5. by   Kristiernbsn
    Quote from Wile E Coyote
    I agree with Roser and Commuter. No wiggle room for cultural interpretation with 'buckwheat', in my opinion.
    I wonder if "Buckwheat" is aware of his nickname, and if he was to find out via a note from a nurse, or anonymous post on a nursing blog, would he take any action... Someone should probably tell him.
  6. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from Aromatic
    Never understood why people get offended so easily. There are racial slurs for every race, including mine, but as long as I'm treated the same I could care less what terminology people use. Its just words, and if you do not have a chance at changing them I would just move on.

    Of course its better not to use the words and I'm not endorsing them lol.
    I suppose you'd be fine, then, with a medical professional calling you an a**h**e. After all, it's just a word.
  7. by   Allgood2016
    For a doctor to act like this I absolutely horrible. How old is this person? Does he not know the year or century?
    By his using racial slurs he is committing a crime, in my book. A HATE crime. I wouldn't want to be around him; as I would speek up; and , give him an update on how he is showing his "true colors".
    Most medical facilities have rules about this. Check into your hospital's policis regarding this. Then, Write Him Up. Let the Administrative people handle it. If that doesn't work, notify your local news media.
  8. by   tlyte777
    I have lived in the Deep South ALL my life and it is sad this type of behavior still exists in 2016. It's unacceptable that the surgeon is referring to any ethnic group as BUCKWHEAT, but whatever racial slurs he may choose to say, doesn't matter, it's what YOU answer to is what matters. Choose what battles to fight and which ones to ignore.
  9. by   oncnursemsn
    Wow- this is not a question, it's a concern. And yes, this degree of racism still exists in this country. Something I didn't realize unit I moved to FL for a short time. Absolutely not acceptable and not tolerable but if the culture of the organization supports the surgeon it's tough to confront and defy. Thoughts?
  10. by   Kssrn404
    Quote from quiltynurse56
    My big question is what is the approximate age of this surgeon and chief of surgery. Yes, there still are people who act this way. Part of it has to do with age. During the time I have been alive, it has gone from ******, negro, colored up to now being African-American. Some people find it hard to adapt. Then you need to factor in where he has lived much of his life. I can still visit the south and hear some of the unacceptable words from people who have lived there their whole lives.
    i am in the Deep South and I've not ever personally heard a health care professional acting or speaking this way. I'm not saying it doesn't happened just never encountered it. Sorry you have had to endure this nonsense.
    I work with a lot of African American, Indian and many other ethnic background wonderful healthcare providers and there's never an issue.
    Too bad this type of thing is still around.
    I can tell you for sure that it exists everywhere, no matter where you live in this country. Really sad.
    Last edit by Kssrn404 on Sep 5, '16 : Reason: Spelling
  11. by   dudette10
    Quote from Guttercat
    Something about the title of this thread immediately turned me off. "Racist Surgeon(?)"

    I know it's easy to pick on surgeons, and maybe that's why this post bothers me. This observation-- thinly disguised as a question-- could equally apply to anyone from within any healthcare setting. And that goes for non-whites as well.

    None of this finger pointing does anyone any good.
    Position, authority, and relative influence does indeed make a difference when talking about racism. In the OR, the surgeon is the leader of the team.

    When a leader says something racist, other individuals "below" the leader's level are likely to be intimidated from speaking out. The entire team is affected by the leader's behavior that will likely go unchecked, regardless of how the team members--even if all of them--feel it is inappropriate.

    If another team member said something racist, and the leader of the team verbally disciplined that person, it sends a clear message to other members of the team that such talk or behavior will not be tolerated.
  12. by   dudette10
    Quote from Aromatic
    Never understood why people get offended so easily. There are racial slurs for every race, including mine, but as long as I'm treated the same I could care less what terminology people use. Its just words, and if you do not have a chance at changing them I would just move on.

    Of course its better not to use the words and I'm not endorsing them lol.
    But are you treated the same by someone who makes a general statement about people who share your race? How would you know?
  13. by   Cola89
    Quote from Kooky Korky
    Managers often don't address pro blems because they are afraid of retaliation or they know their boss won't back them and fears lawsuits. How did your case end?
    I left (for other reasons) on good terms. When I saw that my unit manager wasn't going to be supportive, I left it at that. Although I was shocked at the way she handled things (that situation and others), I never spoke of it again.

    She wasn't a good boss or advocate for her staff. I didn't enjoy working for her, or on that unit, and the commute was just too far. I stuck it out until I found something else closer.

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