Demand Delta Apologize For Alleged Discrimination Against Black Female Doctor


Target: Ed Bastian, Chief Executive of Delta Air Lines

Goal: Apologize for allegedly telling a black female doctor to put her hand down in a medical emergency.

A black female physician was reportedly told that they were looking for “actual” doctors when she volunteered to help with a medical emergency. Delta Air Lines stated that Ross was unable to provide proof of medical training, which could have prevented them from allowing her to help. Demand that Delta Air Lines issue a public apology for this alleged discrimination.

“I raised my hand to grab (the flight attendant’s) attention. She said to me ‘oh no sweetie put ur hand down,'” Dr. Tamika Ross wrote on Facebook. The African-American OB-GYN reportedly responded when a man was found unresponsive two rows ahead. A second request for a doctor caused Ross to raise her hand once again, only to be told that they were looking for “actual” physicians or nurses.

Sign below and demand that Delta Air Lines issue a public apology to Dr. Ross and that they incorporate sensitivity training to prevent future discrimination.


Dear Mr. Bastain,

A black female physician was reportedly told to put her hand down when she volunteered to help in a medical emergency. We demand that you publicly apologize for this alleged discrimination.

When a woman screamed that her husband was unresponsive, Dr. Tamika Ross volunteered to provide medical assistance. Instead, the flight attendant allegedly told the OB-GYN to ‘put ur hand down’ and reportedly stated that they were looking for “actual” doctors. Ross stated that she responded to two calls for help before they found a white male physician to assist.

Discrimination cannot be overlooked, especially when lives are at stake. We demand that you issue a pubic apology to Dr. Ross and incorporate sensitivity training for all of your employees.


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  1. Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    Why do they all have a problem with their skin color?? God created all of us different, but they are forever screaming racism!! Sick society!!

    • Robert Ortiz says:

      I hope I am misunderstanding your post and not supposed to be under the impression that you are in disagreement with Dr. Ross’s treatment? She was treated rudely all because the Delta staff wanted a WHITE physician when she raised her hand to assist in a medical emergency and was more than capable of doing so.

  2. Robert Ortiz says:

    First of all, telling her to put her hand down is just plain rude. Then to say to Dr. Ross that they were seeking an “actual” physician is insulting, condescending and diminishes her status as a doctor.
    If help is needed, you need to be prepared to accept it all shapes, sizes colors, forms, etc. What would have happened if the white male physician they found hadn’t been on board? Would they have let the unconscious man remain that way for the duration of the flight?
    The fact that people cannot conceive (or won’t accept) the idea of people of color being physicians or other prestigious career professionals just proves what a long way we have to go in this country and in society in general terms of progress and acceptance.

  3. Carol Gover says:

    It states that Dr. Ross was unable to show proof of her being a medical doctor. I think that the Delta cabin crew was correct in wanting a person to have proof of someone being medical doctor before allowing someone to attend a person.
    If this about race, then I am appalled at the Delta crew, but, this seems simply be a matter of wanting a doctor with credentials that proves they are what they claim to be. If Dr. Ross had not been a physician the
    person in need of medical may have suffered more the airline crew member been fired and, Delta airlines would have been sued.

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