Dale Okorodudu

Race and the Medical Profession: How Increased Diversity Could Influence the Way White Americans View Black Doctors

An unpleasant experience I had many years ago on an airplane initially left me angry. But it has since come to shape my thoughts on race and how increased diversity in the medical profession could influence the way white Americans view black men like me. When I was 20, I boarded a flight from St. Louis to Houston for a trip home from college. The temperature was cool, so like a typical student I was wearing sweatpants and a hoodie. Shortly after finding my seat, a middle-aged white woman sat next to me. We exchanged pleasantries, as strangers on a… Full Story