I’m normally a fairly calm guy but I read a story on CNN.COM today that got my blood boiling. You can read the full story here http://ow.ly/hMkB8 The short version is a nurse in Michigan is “suing a hospital, claiming it agreed to a man’s request that no African-Americans care for his baby.”
This gentleman (I use that term loosely) had the audacity to ask that this highly trained professional working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit be removed from looking after his child. You probably guessed that he had swastikas tattooed on his body.
This riles me on so many levels, I even have trouble writing about it. If I’d have been holding a newspaper instead of reading it online, the paper would have been shaking.
What kind of a message did the management of the hospital send to the staff? In my world, the guy
If an African-American man had asked that a white nurse be removed from caring for his newborn child because he wanted only African- American nurses, would the hospital acquiesce to that request? Not bloody likely! But why not, fair is fair isn’t it? Oh I forgot, this is sort of like George Orwell’s Animal Farm – all animals are created equal except some animals are more equal than others.
I wonder, for example, what this
swastika laden individual would have done if he knew before hand that the people in the Delivery Room were a Muslim, a Jew, an Oriental, and an East Indian who all happen to be born and raised American citizens? Would he have the guts to ask that his child, who was obviously in need of serious medical intervention, be taken care of only by white Christian people of good faith? More importantly would the hospital have agreed?
This poor child probably has no hope of understanding what a kind and tolerate environment can do to fulfill a person’s life. Let’s hope that eventually he/she is strong enough to realize that hate and bigotry has no place in any society.