Dr. Tamika Cross is accusing Delta Airlines of discriminating against her on a flight and nearly letting another passenger die in the process. A flight attendant refused her help while searching for a doctor to treat a man having a medical emergency by telling her they were searching for "actual physicians."
Cross is an OBGYN resident at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston. She detailed the run-in on her Facebook page.
Black women physicians are standing in solidarity with Dr. Cross with the #WhataDoctorLooksLike hashtag on social media. These accomplished women are striking back on the overt and subtle discrimination they face, by letting the world know they've worked hard for their credentials.
.@Delta, in case you are having a difficult time breaking prejudices amongst your staff, here is #WhatADoctorLooksLike #ILookLikeASurgeon pic.twitter.com/vRnCwvBKny— Kanene Ubesie, M.D. (@DrKaneneUbesie) October 13, 2016
@DeltaAirlines FYI This IS what a doctor looks like!#WhataDoctorLooksLike#ImwithDrCrosshttps://t.co/YO7edxyTmw pic.twitter.com/WxigEF220v— Dr Terri (@drterrimd) October 13, 2016
As a Black female physician, I have encountered this problem many times. #thisiswhatadoctorlookslike #drreginamdjdhttps://t.co/YRnctXER6u pic.twitter.com/CjcBJFi7hm— Regina Bailey (@DrReginaMDJD) October 13, 2016
@delta Is there a doctor in the house/onboard? Yes there is! #IAmaDoctor #drmichelleclay #thisiswhatadoctorlookslike pic.twitter.com/63oOQbkq0U— Dr. Michelle Clay (@drmichelleclay) October 13, 2016
In response to Dr. Tamika Cross' horrific experience with Delta Airlines ..This is #whatadoctorlookslike #womeninmedicine #blackwomandoctor pic.twitter.com/3B3FGIHp2j— Dr Tania (@lifewellcenter) October 13, 2016
Since @delta can't believe that black women can be physicians! 😡#WhatADoctorLooksLike #ILookLikeASurgeon #ImWithTamikaCross #PlasticSurgery pic.twitter.com/v4Jt66Kdch— Dr. Aisha Baron (@BreastnBodyDoc) October 13, 2016