Monday, February 18, 2013

The Wrong Color For Child Care

Racism, and ignorance are two of the most devastating things in the world as far as I'm concerned. They have been and continue to be the root cause of all of society's ill's, in one way or another. But there have always been certain aspects of life which represent a common thread. The well being and care of children is one of them. Children are innocent people who should not be exposed to the bias', and perverse proclivities of adults. As a father, my only concern is that my children are properly taught, trained, cared for, nurtured, and guided in the right direction by professionals who have their best interests at heart. Race, color, creed, and ethnicity do not matter, and no matter what my own personal beliefs may be, I would not allow them to stand in the way of my child's well being, or development. Unfortunately not all parents feel the same sense of responsibility.
Tonya Battle, an African-American nurse in Flint, Michigan is suing her employer, Hurley Medical Center, for discrimination.
Nurse Battle was instructed to stay away from a white newborn.
The lawsuit states: "The father told the nurse in charge that he did not want any African Americans taking care of his baby."
This is extremely ironic given the fact that there was a time in some parts of this country when white babies were primarily raised and reared by African-American maids, or mammies.
It also states in the law suit that, during the conversation with Battle's supervisor, the father rolled up his sleeve to reveal a tattoo of a Swastika.
This explains it. Another Neo-Nazi underachiever who chooses to mask his ineptitude with a symbol who's origin can be traced back to Africa, and he doesn't even know it. A man who puts his racism before his child's health and well being is truly an unfit parent in my opinion.
After the request was made, a staff meeting was held where instructions were given in reference to handling the baby, and when Battle, an employee since 1988, returned to work she saw a note in the patient's file that read: "No African American nurse to take care of baby."
I am not sure what infuriates me more. The baby's racist, morally bankrupt, father having the gall to make such a disparaging request, or the fact that the Medical Center actually honored it.


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