Doctor: Calling black patient ‘Aunt Jemima’ was a ‘misspoken blunder’

By | July 17, 2017

A Memphis woman said her doctor greeted her with an insulting racial term during her visit on July 11.

Lexi Carter said her doctor, Dr. James Turner, came into the room and said, “Hi Aunt Jemima.”

“I haven’t slept. I haven’t–I haven’t really been able to deal with this,” Carter said. “It’s just the most horrible feeling really and I try to understand it and I don’t understand it.”

“I was just sitting there waiting to be seen and he walked in,” Carter said. “He had a young girl, physician’s assistant trainee, a student with him and he looked at me and he goes ‘Hi Aunt Jemima.'”

Carter said the doctor did not apologize for the remark at the time. She also said he used the term more than once.

“It was an insult, racial ethnic insult, a joke. It’s putting me on a level of someone who is subservient with a smile–kind of step and fetch it. It was very derogatory, very demeaning. Especially for someone who prides myself in being none of that,” Carter said. (WMC Action News)

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