FROM TARRED AND FEATHERED TO HOODED AND LETTERED...
The challenges that pre-exist in the African American professional health community
extend far beyond the confines of this text. The very essence of the journey,
in many cases, is tainted at inception. More often than not and particularly
with people of color, the journey is met with inferred demise at the mere stage
of oral admission in desire to pursue doctoral status.
Despite the fact that African American lineage has given rise to undeniable talent,
intelligence, and genius as that of Dr. Charles Drew, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams,
Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler and an exhaustive list of many, many others, the doors
of opportunity and access have yet to swing as far and wide for blacks to enter
medical and research-driven health professions.
The proverbial badge of honor in "the white coat" seems to exist as only
a mirage of truth until it is achieved. This symbol of excellence and stature,
garnered only by those who persevere beyond expectation, is seen as the creme'
de la creme' in the African American community. It is the quintessential
incarnation of our ancestors' wildest dreams, and the stamp of approval sought
by generations before us. Among black folk, the white coat is the banner of
hope and indignation waved valiantly in silence everyday by those shoulders
upon which it falls. Simply put - it is the epitome of grandma's dream for
familial status and respect personified.
For every budding and current black doctor seeking guidance, if ever you've wanted
to know what it takes to get in, how to stay in, and what it takes to win
consider this the blueprint.
I love it!
“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” is a quote from this masterpiece… that identifies the struggle to obtain and maintain success. The rare story of the Black Pharmacist in the Black neighborhood is unheard of… you only saw the White and the others. Thank you, for sharing your walk and your White Coat.