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White Supremacists Ask Interns To Treat Them Instead Of An Asian-American Doctor

For some medical professionals, it seems, the antics of white supremacists are nothing new. In the wake of last weekend’s uprising in Charlottesville, Virginia, a doctor from the other side of the country shared her own experience with so-called “white nationalists” in Oregon. Dr. Esther Choo said white supremacists routinely refuse care from her, opting instead to be treated by less experienced hospital interns.

According to CNN, Choo, who is Asian-American, first shared her experience on Twitter last Sunday, the day after a display of white nationalism in Charlottesvilleturned deadly. Choo is a faculty member in the department of emergency medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Medicine, located in Portland, Oregon. Her response to the Charlottesville incident appeared in a series of more than 10 tweets from her public account.

“We’ve got a lot of white nationalists in Oregon,” she began. “So a few times a year, a patient in the ER refuses treatment from me because of my race.” Choo continued, tweeting that rather than show anger toward the patient, she simply explains that she is qualified to treat him or her, and “the alternative is an intern.”

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