A woke Yale University doctor said doctors should be forced to use body cameras to catch racist doctors as he claims to have seen a black teenager die in the ER like colleagues. ‘he laughed’ and said ‘he’s just another criminal’.
Dr. Amanda Calhoun suggested mandatory body cameras in a recent op-ed to The Boston Globe. Calhoun is described as an “expert on the mental health effects of anti-black racism”, despite the fact that she is still a third-year medical resident at Yale.
“I have witnessed countless racist behaviors towards black patients, often coupled with knowing and cruel statements,” the black woman wrote in the article. “I’ve heard white nurses joke that little black kids will probably join gangs and doctors describe black natural hair as ‘wild’ and ‘unkempt.'”
As for patient privacy, Calhoun wrote that families “could consent to the release of body camera footage if they want to make allegations of racism.”
Yale officials have not said if they will implement body cameras, or even if they are considering the suggestion.
Dr. Amanda Calhoun of Yale University (pictured with her husband at a protest) said doctors should be forced to wear body cameras to catch them being racist after she claims she saw her colleagues “laughing” when a black teenager died in the emergency room.
Dr. Calhoun wrote that she heard ‘white nurses joke that black children will probably join gangs and doctors describe black natural hair as ‘wild’ and ‘unkempt’.
“If hospitals and medical institutions want to live up to those anti-racism statements made in 2020, show it: make healthcare professionals wear body cameras,” Dr. Calhoun wrote in the Globe.
“As a patient, I would feel much more comfortable if they did. And as a doctor, I’ll volunteer to wear one first.
In the article, Dr. Calhoun wrote that she heard “white nurses joke that young black children are likely to join gangs and doctors describe natural black hair as ‘wild’ and ‘unkempt.’
“I have seen black patients unnecessarily physically restrained,” he continued. “I was in the emergency department when a black teenager died of a gunshot wound while the white staff chuckled and said he was ‘just another criminal.’
Calhoun also wrote about the mistreatment of his sister, who suffered from an allergic reaction, by ‘white nurses’.
“Despite my mother’s insistence that my 9-year-old sister could be having a life-threatening allergic reaction and appeared to be wheezing, the white nurses refused to treat her urgently, leaving them sitting in the waiting room,” she wrote.
“Without even properly examining my sister, the nurses informed my mother that she would have caught a nut allergy earlier in my sister’s life if it was severe.”
Dr. Amanda Calhoun is an “expert on the effects of anti-black racism on mental health,” though she still resides at Yale.
Calhoun noted how body cameras can help in situations with real-time police actions and behaviors and that they can be accessed during police violence investigations.
“Tracking people’s actions can lead to self-monitoring behavior,” he wrote. “If we want to see a reduction in poor health outcomes for black patients, we need to hold healthcare professionals accountable in real time.”
“It has been three years since the police murdered George Floyd, prompting the posting of anti-racism pledges by a host of national medical organizations,” he wrote.
“However, African Americans still experience medical violence, resulting in death from delays in care, pain during treatment, and misdiagnosis.”
Calhoun has spoken before about being a black doctor, saying she has received death threats for what some perceive as controversial statements.
After giving a speech at a White Coats for Black Lives rally at Yale Medical School, he implored his colleagues to understand that socioeconomic status does not protect black lives from racism.
Calhoun, in a 2022 HuffPost Columnshe declared: ‘Before I was a doctor, I was a black woman in America, and my white coat will not protect me.’
‘Status does not protect my doctor father from being chased by the police in his neighborhood. The state failed to protect my 8 year old sister from experiencing a delay in medical care because the white nurses did not believe my pharmacist mother when she said my sister was gasping for air from anaphylactic shock. The status does not protect college-educated black women, like me, from being more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women who did not graduate from high school.’
Earlier this year, Calhoun wrote an article for MedPageToday about how she, as a black doctor, doesn’t feel like Women’s History Month includes her.
“Every year as the month goes by, I am reminded of the fact that as a black woman, I am very hesitant to join any women’s movement or initiative without a thorough investigation into their background and reputation. Frankly, I don’t trust them.
She wrote about how she watched her white colleagues “publicly berate an extremely timid and incredibly well-informed black pharmacist.”
“Some other doctors, people of color who are not black and with greater racial privilege, watched in silence,” she added.
But the irony, she wrote, was that “the same doctors who disparaged pharmacists are the first to speak out about sexism and the need to elevate women, but they are also the first to exclude and belittle black women, without bear in mind the ‘uplift all women’ ideals they claim to hold.’
“So I’m hesitant to join women’s movements because they default to white women or more racially privileged women, unless they are actively trying to disrupt that norm,” she concluded.