The Case for Black Doctors

Damon Tweedy, New York Times, May 17, 2015

In virtually every field of medicine, black patients as a group fare the worst. This was one of my first and most painful lessons as a medical student nearly 20 years ago.

The statistics that made my stomach cramp back then are largely the same today: The infant mortality rate in the black population is twice that of whites. Black men are seven times more likely than white men to receive a diagnosis of H.I.V. and more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer. Black women have nearly double the obesity rate of white women and are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer. Black people experience much higher rates of hypertension, diabetes and stroke. The list goes on and on.

The usual explanations for these health disparities–poverty, poor access to medical care and unhealthy lifestyle choices, to name a few–are certainly valid, but the longer I’ve practiced medicine, the more I’ve come to appreciate a factor that is less obvious: the dearth of black doctors. Only around 5 percent of practicing physicians are black, compared with more than 13 percent of Americans overall.

As a general rule, black patients are more likely to feel comfortable with black doctors. Studies have shown that they are more likely to seek them out for treatment, and to report higher satisfaction with their care. In addition, more black doctors practice in high-poverty communities of color, where physicians are relatively scarce.

As a psychiatrist, I’ve seen this up close. I’ve frequently been the only black doctor (or one of very few) in clinics with large black populations. Quite often, patients ask to see a black doctor, but the sheer volume of people seeking help prevents me from accommodating most of their requests.

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Perhaps the most compelling evidence that black patients are more likely to trust black doctors comes from the mental health field, where a patient’s relationship with his or her provider is especially important. Black people have often fared poorly in their interactions with the mental health care system. For example, they are nearly half as likely as whites to receive treatment for diagnosed mental health disorders of comparable severity. When black patients do receive treatment, it is far more likely to occur in an emergency room or psychiatric hospital than it is for whites, and less likely to be in the calmer office-based setting, where longer-term treatment can take place.

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{snip} In the 2011-12 school year, the most recent for which figures are available, there were 5,580 black students enrolled in medical school, making up about 7 percent of the medical student population, which is roughly half of the proportion of the black population in America.

Nonetheless, when viewed through the lens of history, this recent figure reflects progress: In the 1968-69 school year, 783 black students were enrolled in American medical schools, just 2.2 percent of the overall total. Race-based affirmative action programs, which began to be implemented around this time, undoubtedly played a major role in expanding the number of black students in medical school. By the late 1970s, the number of black students had increased nearly fivefold, with the proportion peaking at 8 percent in the mid-1990s.

Since that time, however, opposition toward affirmative action has grown stronger. Many states have banned race-based admission efforts at public universities, and last year, the Supreme Court ruled that this was permissible. Purely race-based affirmative action is not yet dead, but it appears to be approaching its twilight years.

Even those who are uncomfortable with affirmative action or oppose it outright should consider the potential impact of this trend when it comes to medical school. A recent study in The Journal of Higher Education found that affirmative action bans in six states led to a 17 percent reduction in the enrollment of underrepresented students of color in medical school. Policies resulting in fewer black doctors could lead to even worse health outcomes for a population that is already the least healthy.

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  • WhiteVeinKratom

    Good luck. Easier to find a black dentist.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      What do you mean? Half the doctors on TV are black. Paging Dr. Huxtable…

      • Bunky

        And judges, and police commissioners, … but not the perps.

      • Oil Can Harry

        Dr Huxtable was known for sedating all of his female patients.

        • John Smith

          Fitting he was an OB/GYN….

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          Ask these former patients how that went:

          • Reynardine

            My word, he sure could pick ’em!

          • Speedy Steve

            Golly gee! the Coz be a waycist inch hit.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Bill Clinton believes in Dr. Huxtable.

        He even appointed a black doctor, Jocelyn Elders as SG of the U.S…before he fired her.

        She was the one who wanted to teach everyone how to master****?

        You can bet when Bill Clinton needed heart surgery he wasn’t looking for a black doctor. He was looking for Dr. Rothstein at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NY.

    • MrBiIIGoode .

      I figured the best option for blacks would be a veterinarian.

      • Poupon Marx

        NOT with my cats. I don’t roll dice with their lives.

      • Rob

        Nope. I love animals more than I love negros.

  • MekongDelta69

    Blacks want doctors who look like them.”

    Good luck with that.

    [Btw, I want doctors who look like me.]

    • Dr. Rieux

      To hell with competence, right? Best to have an AA hire from the hood to treat your cancer or congestive heart failure.

      All other things being equal, avoid black doctors, just like black engineers, black teachers, black mathematicians and black scientists. All but the very best of them are no smarter than the average white man. In college courses a black A is worth no more than a white or Asian C. And the dirty little secret is that everyone knows it.

      • propagandaoftruth

        My theory is that Whites must perform one or two standard deviations better than Negroes in every way to be given the same consideration.

        A Negro gets a hearty pat on the back and promotion for that which a White is expected to do or suffer punishment like unemployment or career stagnation or, or, or…

        This handicap cannot be hidden from those who suffer it.

        Part of it is a conceit of relativity. Those Negroes who occupy a position on their bell curve commensurate with White genius…seem like geniuses compared to the average negro even though compared to all people they are seldom more than above average at most.

        White Genocide requires some slippery, slimy, mental contortions on the part of Marxist-progressivists.

        • Dr. Rieux

          For over half a century now we’ve had to publicly lie and pretend that we didn’t know where the source of black dysfunction lay, although we’ve always known. The source of black dysfunction lies with blacks.

    • Speedy Steve

      How about Kurt Gosnell? He’s black, he performed abortions on black women. He should get a crime-stopper award.

      • Kermit Gosnell

        • Speedy Steve

          I’m an old geezer with a failing memory.

          • I only remembered because I quite liked the Muppets when I was a child.

          • Reynardine

            Thanks for making my day by inserting a mental image of Kermit the Frog aborting negro babies.

      • Katherine McChesney

        The most prolific serial killer in the U.S.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Me too. I’m sick of seeing nothing but Jews, or Muslims. Why is it so hard to find a white, American doctor? A MALE doctor, there are white women but I prefer men. They’re rare, and you’ll find virtually zero under 40. What a shame.

    • blanjm5

      Sounds like an argument for segregation. They can have their own medical schools (with lowered admissions standards) and their own health clinics. When do we start?

    • Rob

      If they kill more of their race, then I say send the negroe docs to treat their own people.

  • Caesar Avgvstvs

    Blacks want more doctors who look like them but, as a group, don’t have a high enough average IQ to produce enough of them.

    • JohnEngelman

      Guards! Seize that man. He is guilty of thought crime. Truth is no defense.

    • TruthBeTold

      Tru dat.

    • journey

      Black can always return back to Africa. There they will find plenty of black “doctors”.

      • Speedy Steve

        Yeah. Witch doctors. Check out Africa’s Three Stooges:
        www youtube com/watch?v=5YmsrzF4KdQ

    • Speedy Steve

      Howard University has a medical school.

      • Oil Can Harry

        Considering the doctors they turn out they should call it Moe, Shemp and Curly Howard University Medical School.

      • plmnplmn

        Wow. I’ll make sure I double-check M.D. credentials, any time I go in for something serious.

        Q. (patient in ICU coming out of anesthesia) Doc!! Wait!! WHICH Kidney … Did You Remove??

        A. I’zze Removed Boff Uh ‘Em, ‘Cuzz Dey Seemed Like Dey Wuzz Da Same Thing; I’zze Took Out Some Other Stuff Too, But Not Sure What Dey Wuzz; Hey, If You Feelzz Somethin’ Movin’ Roundzz’ In Dere, Lemme Know, ‘Kay? I’zze Can’t Findzze My’zze Nation-of-Islam Bling; Maybe It Dun Fell Off Inside You’zze Somewherezz…
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    • bilderbuster

      There are plenty of Black witch doctors and psychics that are available for them to use. Let them use their own “medicine” and practice their own cures for whatever ails them.

  • In virtually every field of medicine, black patients as a group fare the worst.

    Keep pounding chicken wings, ranch dressing, purple drank, malt liquor,
    tobacco and illicit drugs. Surely a black doctor can undo the damage.

    • Albert

      Gasp! Are you implying that their poor health is a result of their behavior? You obviously didn’t read Mr. Tweedy’s column. Poor black health is obviously the result of racist white doctors and not enough black doctors. Get with the program and drink the cool-aid.

    • carriewhite64

      Also risky sexual behavior, willingness to engage in violence with its resulting injuries, lack of exercise, obesity. The refusal of the black population to take responsibility for anything is mirrored in their lack of concern about their own health. It’s not their fault that they are less healthy than other races in America!

  • DaveMed

    I can empathize with Blacks in this regard. I, too, prefers doctors of my race.

    • George Moriarty

      Just like we prefer to live next door to people of our own race and receive immigrants who are of our race and deal with people of our race in most of our daily activities including our children’s schooling. This is just a normal human reaction.

    • TruthBeTold

      THEIR choice is based on cultural pride. YOUR choice is based on racism.

      They win.

      • DaveMed

        BOOM.

        I am without defense. Mea culpa, and please grab a whip for me so that I can self-flagellate in penitence.

        • Big Willy

          I’m gonna start hating myself now and turn myself over to the Black Panthers. Shame on me for being born White!!

          • Dr. Rieux

            Our white mothers all committed microaggressions by birthing (“birfing” in ebonics) us white children.

      • Albert

        Meh, even when their actions are criminal, they still win the moral high ground.

    • Reynardine

      You won’t get them though. Requesting a white doctor, even if blacks can request a black doctor, is inherently racist.

      • DaveMed

        Well… I have connections. 😉

  • I want doctors that look like me. Problem is, they’re getting harder and harder to come by.

    The NYT loves black doctors; does this mean they will endorse Ben Carson for President?

    • DaveMed

      East-Asians and Indians. Better get used to them.

      • Exactly. Even at St. Louis’s reputable medical centers, more and more of them by the year, and the Indians are just as English language deficient as their Patel cousins that run motels and quickie marts.

        • Alexandra1973

          “Thank you, come again!”

      • George Moriarty

        Why should we have to get used to them?
        I can neither relate to east Asians nor Indians in a medical clinic and I do not feel the least bit at ease with them. Perhaps they do understand or listen t me but generally I feel I am getting a continual blank stare in return. I have also noticed that they can not cope with the pressure of a difficult situation and the Indians in particular are less than hygienic compared with our standards.

      • Tyrone Shoelaces

        I had an Indian doctor heal my heart after two white docs failed to do so. His bedside manner sucked compared to the two whites; however, he adjusted the meds in a way that the two white doctors failed to do. I’ll take my Indian cardiologist.

        • DaveMed

          I am not among those who claim that East-Asian and Indian doctors are less knowledgeable than White doctors are.

          • Tyrone Shoelaces

            I guess it depends on where these doctors are educated. Indian doctors educated in the US must pass the same standards as white doctors, I would imagine. Indian doctors who are educated in India–I pass on them.

          • Tarczan

            Out of a country of a billion, there has to be some really smart people. Most of my foreign Docs have been OK. They all have to pass the boards and I assume they don’t get any AA.

        • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

          I had the exact opposite experience, my hindu cardiologist was as dumb as a box of rocks. When I used the proper terms for my symptoms (edema, syncope, etc.) she then went thru her checklist – “did you feel dizzy or faint?” Um, yes, that’s what syncope means. It slowly dawned on me that she had no idea what those terms meant.

          • John Smith

            I had a friend work for a while at a automotive repair shop and they had several Indian doctors come in. Besides being cheap and pushy, they also had filthy, poorly-maintained vehicles with interiors that looked like they boarded a sacred cow inside and smelled like decaying filth with curry powder sprinkled over the top.

          • carriewhite64

            Laughing out loud, cleaning coffee off monitor. You know how to construct an image!

          • DaveMed

            To be fair, she might have been concerned that you didn’t really know what those terms meant.

            There are many, many patients who think that they know more than they actually do. It would be dangerous to neglect verifying exactly what they mean.

          • Tyrone Shoelaces

            Sorry for your experience. Maybe my doctor was not a dumb Hindu. Maybe he has a deep line of British blood in his veins. The white doctors were not incompetent, they just didn’t give a rat’s about me, other than implanting a defib/pacemaker in my chest when my insurance finally allowed for it. All I know is that after I started to see Dr. “Raghotham” he started adjusting meds, and keeping an eye on my symptoms. My heart is almost back to normal–with the addition of meds–thanks to him.

            This is not a rant about white doctors. I know that the odds are that an Indian doctor would not be as effective as a white doctor. I had two white cardiologists who sucked, and one Indian cardiologist who knows his job. Odds are against that. However–reality is what it is, in my case.

      • NoMosqueHere

        Avoid doctors who believe in reincarnation.

        • Dr. Rieux

          “Not to worry, Mr. Smith. Your wife died, but she’ll be coming back soon as a golden retriever.”

  • dd121

    I think we’re having a meeting of the minds. They don’t want a white doctor and I don’t want a black one.

    • Dr. Rieux

      Know what would make everyone happiest?

      Segregation.

    • George Moriarty

      Perhaps this is an example of a naturally occurring segregation. Taken to it’s logical conclusion you will have unofficially mainly black communities with black health care systems together with black schooling and law enforcement systems. It could solve a lot of problems, it could also be a disaster.

      • dd121

        With the nanny government out of the way, both sides would self-segrate.

      • Dr. Rieux

        With our second amendment rights difficulties could be kept to a minimum.

    • Then of course Black people would get black doctors. Whites need diversity, they also would get Black doctors. Diversity is strength. Thus we will need more Black affirmative action medical students.

      • dd121

        Believe me, that’s in the works. They changed the MCAT (medical school entrance exam) in 2015 to make it more about “social justice” than science.

  • Race Heretic

    I think it’s totally reasonable to want a doctor from your culture and ethnic group. You’ll relate better to him and you’ll get better care. I think most medical schools should be meritocratic, but HBC’s should have almost entirely black medical school classes and be allowed to accept lesser qualified candidates to serve the black community.

    • listenupbub

      Basically, segregation is the best option.

      I want white hospitals. The black hospitals will be at the level of Jamaica’s hospitals.

      • Speedy Steve

        African hospitals are built by the Chinese.

        • John Smith

          Sure to fall down in a decade or two.

          • Speedy Steve

            They are building them so that when Africans get hurt in Chinese mines they can get some commie pain-killers.

        • plmnplmn

          You are absolutely correct. And (sadly), the Chinese are the smarter ones. They’ll build mines / infrastructure / hospitals / roads / railroads … all through Africa (and South America, too), filling the vacuum created by Obama and his new “I-HEART-TERRORISTS-AND-MUSLIMS-BUT-DON’T-CARE-ABOUT-ANY-OTHER-ALLIANCES”. And the Chinese (actually, CCP), while promising to build this and that, are making sure they get preferential contracts on raw materiel supply (minerals dug from the earth, in the case of Africa; coconuts, coffee, and bananas, I guess, in the case of South America), in addition to making sure they cuddle up to the various regimes, nice and cozy … TO LOCK THE U.S. OUT, in the coming decade. Russia (actually, Putin), is doing the same, getting Russia re-invited into the Caribbean / South America now that the Monroe Doctrine has been officially repudiated on record (see: Kerry doing Obama’s bidding).

          But you can bet that … THE CHINESE WON’T BE FESTISHIZING AND GLORIFYING “THE AFRICAN” … he’ll just be sucking the continent as dry as he can, smiling nicely at the sweat-smelling savages, while HE CLEANS THEM OUT. (Ditto: Putin / Russia). All while Obama is glorifying the Muslim Brotherhood, the Religion of Peace, and sending U.S. tax money OUT TO THEM. Painful to think about.

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  • Luca D.

    This guy is crazy. Every time I turn on the TV, I can clearly see that between the various shows and commercials that about 45% of all health care professionals are blacks.

    • Lewis33

      I hear you, they wouldn’t be lying to us…would they?

      • baldowl

        Wh✡ do you mean?

    • Susannah

      That’s true, and in nearly every commercial where there is a White doctor there will be a non-White patient; if there is a non-White doctor, the patient will often be White. You will virtually never see a White doctor with a White patient. I was just noticing this phenomenon recently in particular.

    • Tannenbaum

      Only 45%?

    • Dr. Rieux

      The author is a psychiatrist. Among medical specialties that is tantamount to being a black studies major as an undergrad.

      The author is not a serious man.

      • journey

        He’s also installed at Duke = even less in touch with reality (the black ghettos).

        • Dr. Rieux

          Definitely an AA hire.

      • DaveMed

        Every medical specialty is crucial. I don’t think that putting down psychiatry is altogether appropriate.

        • Dr. Rieux

          Too close to home? Sorry.

          • DaveMed

            Nope. I’m going for something else.

          • Tarczan

            I don’t have much good to say about that group at CCF; the others are great from my experience. They hide behind the HIPPA laws; we are the real caretakers and they won’t interact with us. I hate them.

          • DaveMed

            “We” being…?

          • Tarczan

            My family.

          • DaveMed

            Oh, ok.

            Then I’m sure you appreciate how important a (good) psychiatrist can be. I’m sorry that you have to deal with them at all, of course.

          • Tarczan

            I am living proof of how wonderful medical science is. Go back a century and I wouldn’t have made it. One of the last frontiers of medical science is how thoughts are formed, and the answer is about as close as fusion power; that is far off in the future.

    • Speedy Steve

      I liked the scene in Gran Torino where Clint Eastwood goes to the doctor and asks for Dr Feldman. The Korean woaman tels him that Dr Feldman retired 3 years ago, and I’m his replacement, Dr. Ju.

  • superlloyd

    ‘Black men are seven times more likely than white men to receive a diagnosis of H.I.V. ‘ This must be the fault of white racism not where the black man choses to put his member.

    Black doctors for black patients, black police for black ‘hoods. In other words, segregation. I agree with the conclusion but not via AA which has already caused so much damage.

    • DaveMed

      Right?

      What the hell is that supposed to mean? Would they prefer that doctors just keep the diagnosis a secret?

    • Speedy Steve

      … black police for black ‘hoods …. Are you serious? The perp will say Ah dindu nuffins and the cop will say OK

      • As long as both stay in their ‘hoods, who cares? I think the new white universal attitude toward non-whites should be, “Who cares?” and “Not my problem.” Because we shouldn’t, and it isn’t.

        • Dr. Rieux

          The black cop and the black perp belong in the same hood.

    • carriewhite64

      I thought that was a strange way to phrase that also. Is he saying that there are as many HIV infected white men, but doctors keep the diagnosis a secret from them?

  • Chip Carver

    I’m all for black doctors taking care of blacks.

    • “Taking care of”

      Double entendre?

      • Deacon Blue

        I see what you did there!

    • listenupbub

      Funny comment, but the hospitals would break down. Blacks flood those places for the stupidest of reasons, and the only way any order is kept is because whites are in charge.

      Yes, there was a racial element to Obamacare.

  • Lewis33

    “As a general rule, black patients are more likely to feel comfortable with black doctors.” I see most commenters here are ok with this statement. Would the editorialist be ok if we said the exact same thing?

    • Dr. Rieux

      Being sent to a white doctor is…’………………………(wait for it)………..

      ………..a microaggression!

  • Lewis33

    Aren’t websites great for certain things? Finding the whitest doctor in my neighborhood for one.

  • Jefferson

    The writer of this article wants more Black affirmative action doctors. Who would want to be treated by a doctor who does not know what the hell he is doing? You can not have affirmative action in a profession where lives are on the line. Would anybody want an affirmative action surgeon performing surgery on him or her?

    • Alexandra1973

      Doesn’t matter if they know how to do the job or not, the important thing is, are they black?

      Just like with criminals. Doesn’t matter what Jamal did, he’s black, end of story.

    • Dr. Rieux

      Black doctors and black surgeons for black patients. Black police for black neighborhoods. Black airlines and airline pilots for black air travelers. Black teachers and professors for black students. Black public services to be paid for only by black tax dollars. What’s not to like?

      • Cindy

        Blacks want black professionals for black customers. But with one small stipulation; Whitey has to subsidize it.

        • John Smith

          Still, it might not be that bad if we could not have to deal with them.

      • Vito Powers

        Sounds like de facto Separate but Equal. I love it!

      • No black airlines unless you want them landing on your house or crashing into your perfectly piloted Lufthansa flight.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          This landing on your house.

          Piloted by this.

          • DaveMed

            Do the rimz spin???

      • Blackfish

        That why millions of Africans want to move here. White people provide the critical services!

  • Don Eladio

    Just as long as dey baby mamas don’t look like dey coal-bIack mammies.

  • Tarczan

    “Black men are seven times more likely than white men to receive a diagnosis of H.I.V. ”

    How are more black doctors going to rectify this problem?

    • Reynardine

      IN THE FUTURE:

      Black men are more likely to get HIV from their black doctors. News at 10.

  • Atheist Realist

    well if they want black doctors, all i can say if they get accidentally killed by one is “i told you so”

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Which black doctor do they wish their doctor to look like?

    Patrick Chavis, Jan Adams, Kermit Gosnell or Conrad Murray?

    Chavis was in the med school class Bakke would have been in if he weren’t White. He was one of Ted Kennedy’s hero. He also killed a patient. The “difference” he made involved gruesome pain and death as a result of botched liposuction operations at his clinic. An administrative judge found Chavis guilty of gross negligence and incompetence.

    Jan Adams was the incompetent drunk that killed Kanye West’s mother:

    Donda West died the day following her surgery, on November 10, 2007… Plastic surgeon Andre Aboolian had advised Donda West not to have surgery because she had higher risk due to a health condition that could lead to a heart attack…Records also indicate that in 2001, two malpractice lawsuits against Adams ended in judgments of $217,337 and $250,000…After an appeals process, Adams’ license was reinstated effective March 14, 2013.

    Kermit Gosnell performed late-term abortions in a filthy clinic. He would deliver a live baby and then kill it:

    Gosnell stood accused of seven counts of first degree murder in the death of seven viable babies prosecutors said Gosnell aborted alive and then murdered by slitting their spinal cords; and one count of third degree murder in the death of a woman who died from an overdose of Demerol and other painkillers administered by Gosnell’s untrained employees.

    Visit black doctors at your own risk.

    • Deacon Blue

      I don’t have much of an issue with Dr. Gosnell. 🙂

    • listenupbub

      Kudos to you, Bon. You always deliver such good facts.

    • John Smith

      Maybe that one pre-med negro was hoping turning his daughter white with bleach, hoping her “white privilege” would then cure her?

  • Bunky

    I see a black professional … anything … I run.
    Well maybe except sports, in which, they run, and rap in which … well, enough said.

  • superlloyd

    Import more witch doctors from Africa to plug the gap as the NAPA hasn’t the smarts to be an MD.

  • David Ashton

    Why have so many white dentists left the Rainbow Nation of Sunny Seth Efrkia? I give you one guess, Mandible not Mandela.

  • Deep North

    Only non-Whites are allowed to view themselves and society racially. I am not surprised with non-Whites wanting say, Black teachers for Black students, Blacks cops patrolling Black neighborhoods etc. What I do have a problem with and want exposed is the double standard of Whites being not being able to identify and pursue their racial interest while other groups are encouraged to pursue their racial agenda at the expense of Whites.

    • Dr. Rieux

      But ever more are starting to see the hypocrisy. Be of good cheer. The left can try as it might, but truth always wins out.

  • JohnEngelman

    As a general rule, black patients are more likely to feel comfortable with black doctors.

    – Damon Tweedy, New York Times, May 17, 2015

    I sure don’t. I suspect a black doctor is a beneficiary of affirmative action.

    • Deacon Blue

      Only “suspect” eh?

      • John Smith

        They probably are suspects… their skills sure are suspect.

  • Let them have black “doctors”. That should be fun to watch.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      If Michael Jackson had had a White doctor, he’d still be alive (but you can’t tell blacks that).

  • TruthBeTold

    Whites should be prevented from seeing black doctors so black doctors can exclusively treat black patients.

    It’s a win-win.

  • TruthBeTold

    The problem that will soon arise is that black patients will be said to be receiving inferior care.

    Then the do-gooders will insist white doctors treat black patients.

    Then the black patients will complain that white doctors are insensitive to their black needs and they will call the white doctors racists.

    Blacks will then insist they be treated by black doctors but soon black patients will be said to be receiving inferior care.

    Then the do-gooders will insist that white doctors treat black patients.

    Then the black patients will complain that white doctors are insensitive to their black needs and they will call the white doctors racists.

    Blacks will then insist they be treated by black doctors but soon black patients will be said to be receiving inferior care.

    Well, you know how it goes…

    • Dr. Rieux

      To say you prefer a black doctor, engineer, attorney, teacher or president, 99 times out of 100 is to say you’ll take black mediocrity over white competence.

    • John Smith

      Just keep black “doctors” away from whites.

    • Maybe they will start busing white patients into downtown ghetto hospitals. And Blacks to suburban medical centers.

  • Deacon Blue

    > Quite often, patients ask to see a black doctor…

    I have asked to see a White physician when a female, Black dermatologist
    was “in the clinic” when I was in college. I had merely tried to strike
    up a conversation with this female Black physician and inquired where
    she went to medical school and where she did her residency. She got all,
    “nuh uh, oh no, I know you ain’t going there!” with a full on head bob,
    finger wag. My intentions were not racial at all, this was well before I
    became a race realist. But being questioned as to why I was asking questions
    and implying I did so because the physician was Black and female sorta
    irked me. So yeah, I did ask for a White physician. And he ended up treating
    my skin issue as I would have expected – professionally, quickly, competently
    and discretely. No head bob or finger wag included.

  • Duke56

    Blacks want black doctors? They can have ’em.

  • Mengerian Knight

    “As a psychiatrist, I’ve seen this up close.”

    I’m not surprised to see this among people seeking a psychiatrist. But I wonder if it were a life-and-death situation involving their kids, would they still think the same way? If a black kid needs a risky surgery, what are the chances his mother will prefer a black surgeon, compared to less dire situations?

  • journey

    Another black whiner pointing fingers at who else, whites. He conveniently did not look that blacks in Africa treated mainly by black “doctors” are in no better health but actually worse. Matter of fact, blacks living in white countries are in a different reality (living in Paradise) compared to African blacks.

  • Jackie Treehorn

    Black business travelers want pilots that look like them.

    • John Smith

      Paint the planes yellow too, so they look like giant bananas with wings.

      • Dr. Rieux

        Two hundred pound black beauties as flight attendants, waddling down the aisles, but they might have to switch their fleet from 737’s to C-130’s.

        …and we thanks youz fo’ flying ghetto airlinez.

    • I am very happy with white or Asian pilots who were career air force before switching to commercial airlines. My final trip home from Australia was on All Nippon Air: Sydney-Narita-LAX. There was a thunderstorm in Tokyo, but that guy greased the 747 in like it was on rails.

  • Vito Powers

    Isn’t this story just the Negro storyline De Jour of “blacks are underrepresented in (fill in the blank) occupation/field blah blah? I’m noticing even the Wall Street Journal is having a daily Negro sob story.

    • Blackfish

      Ever notice it’s always a intellectually demanding profession – medicine, engineering, finance? Never a story that blacks are OVER represented in sports, music or as “ministers”.

      • Vito Powers

        Excellent observation.

        Don’t forget how Negroes are over-represented in crime statistics too.

  • MBlanc46

    A former doctor of mine used to regale me with stories about black patients when he was a resident at a South Side hospital. They didn’t show up until they were dying. They didn’t bother to show up for appointments. They either didn’t take their medications or they took twice the dose, because twice as much has got to be twice as good right. They basically wasted his time. I’m all for blacks having black doctors. And black everything else. Elsewhere.

    • Blackfish

      I know someone who did an internship at a ghetto hospital in Chicago. Lots of hilarious stories about his patients complaining about “my brain headaches” or having that “sick as hell disease”.

      • I’ve had that “sick as hell disease”, in Australia in 1998. It turned out to be whooping cough. It lasted three months, and was somewhere between “Really Bad” and “Oh My God”, probably closer to the latter.

    • Cuddles

      But they look so competent on TV Dramas????

  • NoMosqueHere

    Many doctors regardless of color are incompetent. But at least with affirmative action black doctors you can see them coming. Thank god for melanin.

    • Dr. Rieux

      Well, yes, but except at night.

      • John Smith

        Aim for the pearlies….

  • listenupbub

    Affirmative action for blacks is through the roof. Even f it is banned, it will go on under the table. Also, throughout undergrad, the colleges will move mountains to make the black students succeed. There are an abundance of diversity work-study, summer research fellowships, scholarships, and more for them.

    • 4321realist

      But the most effective methods are cheating and grade inflation required by all PC conditioning institutions.

      If they ever require blacks to do math and read above an eighth grade level, graduation rates will plummet for them.

      • I believe the term is “maff”.

        • Tarczan

          Numbers and such?

      • Dr. Rieux

        Requiring da bruvvers to read and do “maff” above an 8th grade level is a microaggression.

        • John Smith

          I just took a test for educational competence today to assess my readiness for entry into a medical allied professional training program. I got a score at the 99th percentile; the two negroes taking the test finished dead last when I peeked at the printout of scores. It wasn’t that hard and I didn’t study, so it really wasn’t much of an achievement – just saying.

    • Dr. Rieux

      A black A in “maff” or in any of the hard sciences is usually worth no more than a White or Asian C, and everybody knows it.

  • DonReynolds

    This is nonsense. Given the choice between a white doctor and a black doctor, black patients will often want the white doctor. (Asian doctor is a different matter.)
    Why is that? Black doctors are younger…..yeah……and white doctors are usually more experienced.
    Black doctors also walk around with a sign around their neck that says…..”I ONLY got admitted to Med School because I am black”.

  • 4321realist

    “Blacks want doctors who look like them.”

    Of course. Every race does. With the exception of a few mentally and emotionally ill whites who would elect to die before they would turn down the services of an incompetent black surgeon.

    People prefer their own kind, their own language, their own histories and their own culture. It’s quite natural and common. They’re traits every human is born with.

    And the propaganda that has been conditioned into the most foolish whites that “diversity is our strength,” is nothing but a psy-ops intended to intimidate them all into acting as if they like genocide…..and, of course, the brainwashing has worked beautifully on them.

    No pluralistic nation in the history of the world has existed for very long without splitting apart. And it is precisely, because diversity is a definite weakness and it never works.

  • TL2014

    Can your imagine a white person, an Asian person, or a Hispanic person say with a straight face that we need a doctor who “looks like them” and that will help solve our health problems?

    Nobody else thinks like that. Coming from anyone else, this would be denounced as grotesque racism.

    That this is printed by the paper of record just shows how really, in this country we only have two de facto racial groups, for all intents and purposes – blacks and everybody else.

    The existence of blacks in our midst as a protected and preferred class continues to engender absurdities like this. They are simply not held to the same standards as nonblacks.

    What a testimony to the level of absurdity we have reached as a society, when we come up with such silliness as a desperate attempt to rationalize the pervasive failures in our midst of a group that, at its core – albeit with exceptions – is civilizationally incompatible with us.

    • John Smith

      It goes to show how dumb negroes actually are that they choose the least intellectually-qualified group to treat them, other negroes.

  • Speedy Steve

    Funny. Black doctors prefer White patients. They are more likely to pay the bill. Doctors hate dealing with Medicare — unless they are scamming it.

    • John Smith

      I’m not sure white patients feel the same way….

  • bubo

    Michael Jackson was highly satisfied with his black doctor. Until he was killed by him.

    • Blackfish

      We were all diminished by his death

      /SARC

  • John Smith

    I’m all for them so long as they only treat negroes, illegals and “progressives.” We need fewer of all the previous and making physicians of negroes will help that goal.

    • Dr. Rieux

      …in addition to goats, sheep and small rodents.

  • Albert

    Great. Let them put out even more underqualified, affirmative action medical practitioners. The number of poor patient outcomes will only increase.

  • Lexonaut

    I must have missed something. What is the problem the author wants solved? The fact that removing racist med school affirmative action admissions policies results in fewer black medical students?

  • MooTieFighter

    Look at the Med School admissions (AMA website):For those applicants to US medical schools last year with average GPAs (3.40 to 3.59) and average MCAT scores (27 to 29), black applicants were 4 times more likely to be admitted to medical school than Asians in that applicant pool (81.0% vs. 20.4%), and 2.7 times more likely than white applicants (81.1% vs. 30.6%). If this is what they want. They are nuts.

  • Dr. Rieux

    Affirmative action compromises the quality of every profession its beneficiaries enter. It results in teachers who don’t know the basics ; engineers and accountants who can’t do simple math; physicians who don’t know the difference between the spleen and the gall bladder; and presidents who can only read teleprompters.

    • Affirmative action is basically institutionalized incompetence.

      • Dr. Rieux

        When he has finished making the case for black [affirmative action] doctors, maybe he should next make the case for the benefits of the clap.

  • Poupon Marx

    It is so simple. Let us re-segregate, apartheid, into a White and Black dichotomy. Make it all Black and all white separation. Blacks are the loudest and most vociferous about this. Give them what they want, and give us a break from this inferior in everything race. No more mixing, no more gray.

  • Eagle1212

    If blacks were to actually accomplish something instead of having a life of crime, you would see more of them having successful doctoral careers like doctors, dentists, physicians, surgeons etc.

  • Kit Ingoldby

    “Blacks want doctors who look like them.”

    Am I allowed to want a doctor who looks like me?

  • Rob

    Now who brought HIV from Africa to the rest of the world????

  • Lion’s Mane

    And who can blame them? Why should they not also prefer black teachers, black policemen, black juries, and black judges? Why not also black religious and political leaders? But if Whites show the same kind of leanings . . . !

  • Cookie Rus

    Can you imagine the response if you walked into a clinic and requested a white doctor because they “looked like you?”

  • Jack Burton

    One lie after another with this idiot, nothing but fallacies.

    People request black doctors?? LMAO, oh yeah, they’re in high demand, what utter nonsense.

    More “poor me” syndrome, always projecting and blaming external sources for all of their problems.

    Doctors in general have absolutely nothing to do with people’s diet and choices in their life.

    I talked to a black nurse once, in the doctor’s office, and she said she had recently had a stroke. She laughed and said she still eats whatever she wants including fried chicken. That’s the Negro for you, stupidly defiant even to their own death.