Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Doctors must use scientific language in talking to blacks
Too bad if blacks don't understand
A sports medicine doctor in Tennessee managed to be racist, sexist and condescending all at once, by giving a patient the diagnosis of 'ghetto booty.'
55-year-old Terry Ragland was experiencing some lower back pain, so she decided to get it checked out at Sports Orthopedics & Spine in Jackson, Tennessee - a clinic she had been to before when she had knee surgery.
After having x-rays taken, Dr. Timothy Sweo came in to tell Ragland his diagnosis. 'He said "I know what the problem is: It's ghetto booty"' Ragland told WREG.
He explained that he 'was trying to take a technical conversation regarding your lower back and make it less technical.'
But that comment only further enraged Ragland who felt that he was dumbing it down for her. 'It says to me that he doubts what type of intellect I have, how intelligent I am to be able to understand what he conveys to me in a medical term.'
He said he was trying to explain her condition - lumbar lordosis - which is the curve of the lower spine which makes the buttocks protrude more.
'In trying to explain that I said that she had ghetto booty and she didn't like that apparently. That was my attempt to explain why she had the back problem.'