Black female doctors everywhere are demanding visibility online by posting pictures with the hashtag #WhatADoctorLooksLike, which they are using to validate their existence and celebrate their work.
The tweets were in response to a Facebook post that went viral on Thursday after Tamika Cross, a black female OB-GYN in Houston, Texas, documented the discrimination she claimed she faced while on a recent Delta flight. In her post, Cross chronicled how a flight attendant questioned her medical credentials after she offered to help a man who needed medical attention on the plane.
“She said to me, ‘Oh no sweetie, put ur hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don’t have time to talk to you.’ I tried to inform her that I was a physician but I was continually cut off by condescending remarks,” Cross wrote. She went on to explain how the attendant allegedly continued to question her by asking, “What type of Doctor are you? Where do you work?”