A Tennesee physician is being sued after allegedly calling considered one of his sufferers, a Black girl, “Aunt Jemima.”
Lexi Carter claims she went to see her dermatologist, Dr. James Turner, final yr when he referred to her by the derogatory title whereas she waited to see him.
“I used to be simply sitting there ready to be seen,” Carter mentioned, based on EURWeb. “He had a younger assistant trainee, a scholar with him. And he checked out me and he goes, ‘Hello Aunt Jemima.’ You understand it took me again a bit of.”
She additionally claims he referred to as her “Aunt Jemima” greater than as soon as.
Carter’s lawyer, Van Turner, elaborated, saying, “This was a really devastating factor to her and a part of the problem is that it was taken so flippantly by the physician and when given the chance to kind of make it higher, a minimum of to start with, he didn’t accomplish that.”
The offended social gathering isn’t in search of an astronomical quantity, asking for slightly below $2,500 in damages to recoup the price of counseling she sought out after the incident. For Carter, the precept is extra necessary.
She’s asking for an apology, a proper apology,” Turner mentioned. “She’s asking for a measure of aid which might stop him from doing this sooner or later and which might you realize make him perceive.”
Carter added, “It was an insult, racial, ethnic insult, a joke. It’s placing me on a stage of somebody subservient with a smile. Type of Step n’ Fetch It.”
Driving her level residence even additional, Carter filed a grievance with the state medical board and a civil motion for intentional infliction of emotional misery.