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Delta investigates employee who refused to believe Black woman was a doctor


photo courtesy of Dwight Andrews/McGovern Medical School

Dr. Tamika Cross couldn’t believe the blatant disrespect. After years of earning the right to work as a medical doctor, a Delta employee snubbed her when a man was on the verge of dying.

Dr. Cross’s Facebook post went viral after she revealed how she faced discrimination while on the flight. When Dr. Cross raised her hand to assist the man in need, the flight attendant said, “Oh, no sweetie, put your hand down, we are looking for actual physicians.”

The flight attendant also questioned Dr. Cross on her credentials and asked why she was flying from Detroit. After questioning Cross, the flight attendant eventually responded to a “seasoned” White male who said he was a doctor without asking for his credentials.

Since Dr. Cross released her post on Facebook, she has received the support from Artemis Medical Society. The organization is an advocacy group for Black women who are doctors. The organization sent a letter to the CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian and want action to be taken against the fight attendant. They initially asked for Delta to “investigate and determine if racial and gender bias by crew of Flight 945 led to rejecting the response and offer by Dr. Cross to provide emergency medical care to your passenger.”

The incident reveals how unconscious racism can be more detrimental than overt racism. It’s possible that the flight attendant doesn’t even see themself as a racist. But when confronted with a situation where race was a choice, the flight attendant snubbed Dr. Cross and showed respect to the While male.

Delta responded to the incident by saying the company ”condemns discrimination toward our customers in regards to age, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or gender.”

Delta said the company reached out to Dr. Cross and a full investigation is currently taking place.


  1. Juggling For A Cure on October 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Dr. Cross’s belittling treatment is an example of how society generally does not respect African Americans. This also is the reason for police mistreatment of black citizens. Delta Airlines, police, and other parts of culture are not isolated entities, but are reflections of our greater society.

    • alwaysright21 on October 15, 2016 at 8:11 am

      n!ggers suck ass

      • John J Rouse on October 15, 2016 at 7:18 pm

        You can actually say niggers here

        • Sol Rothstein on October 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

          Nigger yes you can…

          • alwaysright21 on October 17, 2016 at 7:25 am

            spearchucker jungle?

          • Sol Rothstein on October 17, 2016 at 8:57 am

            To: You BLACK BITCH’S..

            I keep telling you BLACK WHORES…nobody respects you when you are PUTTING WHITE WOMEN Hair weave in your hair…

            SORRY but you must first respect yourself, for others to RESPECT YOU and your ACCOMPLISHMENTS. IF you come out looking like a HOOD DIVA, you get that — HOOD DIVA TREATMENTS…as this successful wonderful BLACK FEMALE doctor.

            Lesson LEARNED look like a DOCTOR and not a HOOD Diva !!!Your image is the first thing people notice…SORRY but it’s the world we live in…

            Drops MIC and leaves the building.

      • Weldon Williams on October 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm

        Your Mamma does too!

    • alwaysright21 on October 15, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      You are an example of smelly black people ?

      • JustMe on October 16, 2016 at 8:22 pm

        Sad that so many decent people have to share the planet with toxic individuals the likes of you.
        Try loving and accepting yourself first.

        • alwaysright21 on October 17, 2016 at 7:21 am

          You smell like poo ?
          and need to change
          your depends ?

          • Gentlemanandscholar on January 14, 2017 at 11:42 am

            And here….. you see a private account is only private to certain people

        • Jason on October 18, 2016 at 7:17 am

          Ignore this White Supremacist troll. Rolling Out has become overrun with them. We know they only have the balls to troll on the internet as speaking this way to ANY Black person in public scares the hell out of them as they are cowards.

    • fluffi3 on October 16, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      very well said!!

      • Juggling For A Cure on October 18, 2016 at 8:24 am


    • Sol Rothstein on October 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      I told you all THIS WAS a Hair Hatted HOOLIGAN, black whore…

      SHE got more weave than BONQUISHA…Hood DIVA, damn sure don’t look like a DOCTOR…

      I wouldn’t let her look at my finger nails…Image is important in the healthcare field…SHE should know this.

  2. alwaysright21 on October 15, 2016 at 8:10 am

    That dirty Lesboon sniffs butt flings poo and chimps out!

  3. I__AM__GOD on October 16, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Yeah I call BS. Sounds like another made up race bait story.

    • Sol Rothstein on October 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      You keep saying SKIN COLOR…

      MY POINT is this BLACK WHORE didn’t look like a DOCTOR, with all that WHITE WOMEN WEAVE…

      DO you GET the POINT…she was not respected by her PEERS, because she looked like a HOOD DIVA…DAMN is that too hard to COMPREHEND.

      BLACK WHORES — you need to change your IMAGE, or get disrespected like this DOCTOR…

      APPEARANCE Standards have to be met…

      Thank YOU…

  4. nosey rosy on October 17, 2016 at 6:49 am

    where is all these miserable racist coming from , america is jealous of blacks we got nice skin . .yall got dog hair and a odor to you I WOULD DIE IF I WAS WHITE SUICICDE 4 SURE ..
    IM PROUD OF being black and hater are the bashers on line with pschcosis get help mental illness is a crisis

    • Jason on October 18, 2016 at 7:19 am

      They need to internet because they are too cowardly to say these crazy things in public (unless surrounded by their white supremacist friends or the police).

      • Weldon Williams on October 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm

        Racist Cowards hidden in the Anonymity of the Internet.WHITE FILTHY TRASH!!!

    • Dead Ngr Storage on October 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      No one is proud to be of the dumbest, ugliest least accomplished race in the world