‘misspoken blunder’ or racism? Tenn. doctor, James Turner, says persistently calling black patient Lexi Carter ‘Aunt Jemima’ was not derogatory, demeaning, and racist

Oh dear,
James Turner thinks being innately and blatantly racist is just a minor matter of being ‘unfortunately’ getting caught in the act. Go figure’

Lexi Carter is furious with her doctor after he called her “Aunt Jemima” several times,  during an examination in the presence of an assistant on July 11, in Memphis, Tenn

James Turner says Calling his black patient ‘Aunt Jemima’ was a ‘misspoken blunder’, he admits  using the term, but said he immediately apologized to Carter

Carter said not only did he repeat the insult several times,   Dr. Turner did not apologize for the remark at the time, she will be reporting him to the State Medical Board aunt-jemima-image-1

The term Aunt Jemima is considered derogatory, demeaning, and racist 

It  is  a stereotypical image of an African-American servant woman, created by the makers of Quaker Oats 

Dr James Turner 1
James Turner admits using the racist and pejorative  name-calling on his patient, but describes it as an unfortunate slip up

A Memphis woman said her doctor greeted her with an insulting racial term during her visit on July 11.
Lexi Carter is furious with her doctor after he called her “Aunt Jemima” during an examination. Carter said she was at a July 11 appointment with James Turner when he entered with a trainee and greeted her with the racial slur
“I was just sitting there waiting to be seen and he walked in,” Carter told local NBC affiliate WMC. “He had a young girl, physician’s assistant trainee, a student with him and he looked at me and he goes ‘Hi Aunt Jemima.’”

Lexi Carter 1Patient Lexi Carter is furious and disappointed that her doctor could be so openly racist and disdainful

Carter, who is black, said Turner, who’s white, referred to her that way several times during the doctor’s visit.
“I haven’t slept. I haven’t–I haven’t really been able to deal with this,” Carter said. “It’s just the most horrible feeling really and I try to understand it and I don’t understand it.”
“I was just sitting there waiting to be seen and he walked in,” Carter said. “He had a young girl, physician’s assistant trainee, a student with him and he looked at me and he goes ‘Hi Aunt Jemima.’”

Lex Carter's tweet 1.pngLexi Carter posted an account of her experience online
Aunt Jemima image 1Aunt Jemima is a stereotypical composite of an African American maid cum nanny for white families
Doc Turner's office 2The incident took place on July 11, at Dr Turner’s office in Memphis, Tenn.

 

Not only did he repeat the insult Carter said,  Dr. Turner did not apologize for the remark at the time.
“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. It was very derogatory, very demeaning. Especially for someone who prides myself in being none of that,” Carter said.
Aunt Jemima is a brand of breakfast foods owned by the Quaker Oats Company. It debuted in 1889 with a stereotypical image of an African-American servant woman.
Quaker Oats was sued in August 2014 by the descendants of two women the company used to create their Aunt Jemima brand, seeking $2 billion in revenue for the likeness. The lawsuit was dismissed the following February.

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