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White Doctor Calls Black Patient ‘Aunt Jemima’ During Appointment

A Black woman from Tennessee is calling out her doctor after he allegedly called her a racial slur during her appointment, reports the New York Daily News.

The outlet reports that Lexi Carter visited her doctor James Turner, who is White, for a July 11 appointment. When he came into the exam room he called her “Aunt Jemima.”

“He had a young girl, physician’s assistant trainee, a student with him and he looked at me and he goes ‘Hi Aunt Jemima.’,” said Carter, according to the source. Carter says that Turner unapologetically used the term to address her multiple times.

Aunt Jemima, a brand owned by Quaker Oats, was originally depicted as a servant and closely resembled images of mammies—a derogatory term used to describe a Black nursemaid. Although the company decided to change Aunt Jemima’s image nearly three decades ago, its ties to racist imagery has still lingered, writes the source.

The New York Daily News reports that Dr. Turner issued an apology regarding the situation. “Anything I said that tarnishes that image and my respect for her was a misspoken blunder on my part and was not intended to show disrespect for Ms. Carter,” he said.

An apology did not suffice for Carter who plans on filing a complaint with Tennessee’s medical board, reports the source.

SOURCE:New York Daily News

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