After a Black OBGYN was unable to assist a passenger on a Delta flight due to a disbelieving flight attendant, doctors spurred the hashtag #WhatADoctorLooksLike.
Dr. Tamika Cross shared her experience on Facebook this week, sparking outrage online. When a passenger fell ill en route from Detroit, flight attendants asked for a physician’s help. Cross made herself available, but the crew member rejected her request to offer aid, “Oh no, sweetie, put your hand down. We are looking for actual physicians.”
When Cross insisted, the flight attendant mandated the OB provide her with credentials. The ailing passenger ultimately got help from a white doctor on board and Cross gave some assistance.
Her story of discrimination influenced other Black women to show off their medical professions on social media. Many doctors shared photos of themselves in scrubs and doctor’s coats sporting their natural hair.
Nneoma, MD tagged Delta in her tweet adding, “just in case you were wondering.”
— Nneoma, MD (@nneomamd) October 14, 2016
Naeemah Ghafur tweeted a photo of her with doctors Aletha Maybank and Myiesha Taylor, who became ambassadors for Artemis Medical Society. According to its website, the organization for non-white women doctors sent a letter to Delta asking for an investigation into Cross’ situation.
— Doctor G (@DoctorG777) October 14, 2016
Kanene Ubesie shared her photo to Delta “in case you are having a difficult time breaking prejudices amongst your staff.”
— Kanene Ubesie, M.D. (@DrKaneneUbesie) October 13, 2016
Plastic surgeon and star of the reality show “Atlanta Plastic” Aisha Baron shared a collage of photos displaying her uniform.
— Dr. Aisha Baron (@BreastnBodyDoc) October 13, 2016
Regina Bailey said she has faced the same problem as Cross “many times” before.
— Regina Bailey (@DrReginaMDJD) October 13, 2016
“Don’t raise your eyebrows, raise your expectations!” Majorie Michel demanded of the airline.
— marjorie michel (@mgmobgyn_michel) October 13, 2016
It was not just Black women joining the #WhatADoctorLooksLike hashtag, either.
OBGYN Draion Burch shared his photo, too.
— Dr. Drai (@DrDraiOBGYN) October 13, 2016
Non-doctors also used the hashtag to praise the many physicians stepping forward. Khaleesi said she felt “overjoyed.”
i don't think i've ever been so overjoyed with a hashtag as i am with #WhatADoctorLooksLike
— Khaleesi (@Joy_TooTheWorld) October 13, 2016
@ItsNessa___ replied with applause.
— angry black woman (@ItsNessa___) October 13, 2016
Meanwhile, Vibe Connoisseur shouted out the “gracious sisters achieving.”
— Vibe Connossieur (@jdotbriggs) October 14, 2016