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Doctor calls out flight attendant for 'blatant discrimination' in Facebook post

(Source: Tamika Cross Facebook) (Source: Tamika Cross Facebook)
HOUSTON, TX (WMC) -

A doctor was appalled when she faced what she called blatant discrimination.

While on a Delta flight from Detroit to Minneapolis, Tamika Cross said a man a few rows in front of her went unconscious. The flight attendant asked for medical personnel, and Cross, an OBGYN, raised her hand to help.

Before Cross could offer assistance, she said the flight attendant told her, "Oh no sweetie, put your hand down. We are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don't have time to talk to you."

Cross was stunned that she would be so quickly dismissed. The flight attendant then used the page system to ask for a physician to push their assistance button.  Staring at the woman who just dismissed her, Cross reached up and pushed her button. The flight attendant was surprised to learn that Cross was actually a physician, but then asked her what type of doctor she was, where she practiced medicine, and whether she had credentials.

Cross noted that the flight attendant blocked her path to the man that needed help. As Cross answered her questions, an older white man approached the row and said he was a doctor.

The flight attendant thanked Cross but said the man could help instead and had credentials, even though he hadn't shown her any documentation.

Cross said the man had fortunately come to and was responding to questions, seeming better.  However, she said the flight attendant returned to ask her for help a few minutes later.

Cross helped the man, because she said he and his wife weren't the problem, but needed help.

Cross' Facebook post about the situation has been shared more than 36,000 times with almost 100,000 reactions. Multiple news outlets picked up her story, including the Washington Post, who cited other instances when African-American professionals were dismissed or treated poorly.

According to Washington Post, Delta issued a statement, saying they are conducting a full investigation and that they would not tolerate discrimination.

In her post, Cross said the flight attendant apologized profusely and offered her Sky Miles, but Cross refused. She wanted to take the issue much higher.

"I don't want Skymiles in exchange for blatant discrimination," Cross wrote.

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