Doctor asked, “What is your race?”

beau_kiss_momALeslie Lannan,
Cincinnati, OH.

It’s amazing how desperate we are in America to racially categorize our citizens based on how they look. My six words are a reference to a recent doctor’s visit. After discussing my ailments and general health, the doctor had one more question for me. “What is your race?” she asked. I was totally nonplussed; I do not (at least I think) look ambiguous in terms of race – I’m clearly African-American. I asked her if she was curious about my ethnic background, and she said yes. I was able to give her all of the details, since I’ve had DNA testing done for genealogy purposes, but to this day I cannot say what made her ask this question.

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  • White Light

    Mainstream science recognizes that race is a biological reality, and it effects health in many ways. It is useful for your doctor to know. One medication, BiDil, was specifically developed for Blacks because traditional medications did not work as well. The mainstream liberalism assures us that race is “just a social construct,” but that is scientifically nonsensical. It isn’t surprising that you aren’t aware of that, I’m sure you were told many times that race shouldn’t_ever_matter, but when it comes to life and death, even liberals will make some allowance for reality.


  • History

    Well I have never been ask this question by a doctor. But when I’m taking a survey, for school or something it ask for my race. I just leave blank cause I don’t see what that have to do with this survey. In my African American History class we have been learning about, how racism and stereotype had surface, it very interesting. But it is true that race have to do something with health, my aunt is a nurse and going to school for a higher degree.

  • eidayya

    I can
    relate to that because when I went they asked that same question and they did
    the blood samples.


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