Nurse Barred From Treating Infant Due to Skin Color

BY: - 19 Feb '13 | On the Web

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Imagine being so rooted in your prejudices that you would not allow a medical provider of a certain ethnicity to treat your child. Apparently, this occurs more often that one might think. Recently, a lawsuit was filed against a Michigan hospital after, Tonya Battle, a nurse was barred from taking care of an infant patient because of her skin color.

In the complaint, obtained by the local TV station, Battle claims that the newborn’s father showed her supervisor “a swastika of some kind” and asked that no black people be involved in his child’s care.

Battle, who was taken off the case, was allegedly later told by a supervisor that the patient’s request was granted. The suit also states that a note was appended to the patient’s file that read “No African American nurse to take care of baby.”

Currently the nurse is seeking “compensatory damages” for emotional stress and possible “harm to her reputation.” For more on this story visit The Huffington Post.

BMWK — Do you think parents have a right to request who is and isn’t allowed to treat their child? Do you think the nurse’s decision to file a lawsuit was appropriate?

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  1. Jason

    That’s a tough call. I reserve the right to refuse to allow a person who I believe would cause me or my family harm to treat one of us. A person chooses to wear a swastika and accept all connotations associated with the symbol, but one does not choose his skin color.
    I feel it would be acceptable to refuse to allow this swastika person to treat my child, and reprehensible for them to refuse to allow a black person the same, but I will respect their desire to choose who contacts their child in order to defend my own desire to do the same.

  2. mike

    It’s very sad that we live in a society full of hate. Very sad!! This is 2013 and people still have hate towards Black people. We might as well face it. America is a racist society!

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What if You Had to Pick Between Safety and Independence?

BY: - 19 Feb '13 | On the Web

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What if you had to pick between keeping your child safe and allowing them to experience some degree of independence? Chances are you already do. In a world in which the death of our children [sadly] holds some level of normalcy, it is hard to imagine a reality in which black children truly have both on a day-to-day basis.

As eloquently stated by Danielle C. Belton of Clutch Magazine:

As black people we are forced to “adapt” to our possible demise being something “ordinary.” We try to cope the best way we can, repeating that we will not allow ourselves or those we love to become that most dreaded thing no black person wants to ever be. A statistic.

We make many choices out of fear for what could happen and out of our desire to keep our children safe. They may not be able to do many things that others their age do because with our children the risk of something happening is oftentimes far greater. For more on this visit Clutch Magazine.

BMWK — Do you feel that as black people we often have to choose between keeping our children safe and giving them some independence?

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