In the article entitled "If Racial Profiling Happens To Doctors At Their Own Hospitals, Who Can Be Safe From It?" published by Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi through HuffingtonPost on April 19, 2015, brings forth attention to the insensitive stereotypes that men and women often speculate towards young African-American men. Dr. Ogunyemi was a newly admitted physician on his first shift in the emergency room where he was dressed casually in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. In an attempt to grab his new attire and accessories to change into, Dr.Ogunyemi was put to a halt as he was placing his new personal belongings into his bag. A middle-aged woman who worked in the same hospital questioned and suspected the young black man for his actions. Dr. Ogunyemi goes on to mention that she came to him with a very agressive approach and spoke in a ill-mannered tone which made it seem like she was interrogating him rather than simply asking a question out of pure curiosity. With an identification card to confirm his employment and equal accessibility to the equipment’s used at the hospital, the woman then confesses that she presumed he was a thief because he is young and black. Dr. Ogunyemi concludes by saying that social networks and the media substantially influences racial stereotyping and that it also incapacitates the ability to truly learn about a person for who they are and not who they seem to be for their skin colour.
White people can't dance, Asian's excel in mathematics and young black men steal are all examples of stereotypes that will continue to linger throughout the generation because it is often displayed through various means on social media. The negative remarks and prejudice that people generate online towards different races and cultures promotes discrimination and racism. As mentioned by Jared Diamond in his article entitled "Race Without Color" (November 1, 1994) race is an arbitrary system meaning the society has socially constructed the existence of race whether it was done innocently or with the intent of being a racist. I do not believe that the middle aged women was racist herself. Although I do believe she was highly influenced by the media which often portrays young black men as thieves, which labels the whole community of African-American men just like Dr. Ogunyemi as potential thieves. False accusations are made on a regular basis especially towards race and Dr. Ogunyemi was victimized by this act which is unfair because he worked his way up and earned his title as a physician and did not come all this way to be accused as a thief on his first shift of his life-time career. Therefore I solemnly believe that the media in all its shapes and forms should quit antagonizing different races and their cultures just to simply bring attention to their self-centered program or newsfeed. Instead they should promote all the positive aspects each culture has to share with one another just like what Dr. Ogunyemi had asked for. To conclude, I believe that we should reinforce the acceptance of cultural diversity by negating the racial stereotypes we have all come to live by in order to eliminate racial profiling and the burden it carries on hard working and dedicated individuals such as Dr. Ogunyemi.
Ogunyemi. B. (2015). If Racial Profiling Happens To Doctors At Their Own Hospitals, Who Can Be Safe From It? Retrieved September 8, 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/boluwaji-ogunyemi/racial-profiling-black-do...