(Gigionthat) A woman in Tennessee is planning to file a complaint with the state medical board after her doctor referred to her as ‘Aunt Jemima’ throughout her appointment.
Lexie Carter, who lives in Memphis, said her dermatologist, Dr James Turner, greeted her by saying ‘Hi Aunt Jemima’ during her July 11 visit.
“I was just sitting there waiting to be seen and he walked in,” Carter told WMC Action News 5. “He had a young girl, physician’s assistant trainee, a student with him, and he looks at me and goes ‘Hi Aunt Jemima.’”
Carter had been so disturbed by the reference which happens to root back to slavery, that she hasn’t been able to rest well. She even shared the “unbelievable” encounter on Facebook.
“I haven’t slept. I haven’t really been able to deal with this,” Carter explained. “It’s just the most horrible feeling really and I try to understand it and I don’t understand it.”
Although ‘Aunt Jemima’ is a brand of syrup and pancake mix, it is still a derogatory term that should not be referenced, especially in this type of regard and multiple times at that.
“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,” Carter told the local news station.
Turner issued an apology not only mentioning Carter as one of their “dear patients” but also, “one of many African-American patients,” in which he’s “privileged” to be their doctor.
“Anything that 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. I am very sorry for that misunderstanding,” Turner said in an apology to the WMCA.
The doctor made claims that he previously apologized to Carter during the appointment. However, the patient says he did not, but she is accepting of the apology.