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A Case of Racism and Reconciliation

Damon S. Tweedy, MD
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From Duke University, Durham, NC 27710.


Requests for Single Reprints: Damon S. Tweedy, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Box 3950, Durham, NC 27710; e-mail, damon.tweedy@dm.duke.edu.


Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(3):246-247. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-156-3-201202070-00017
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One of my first patients as a medical intern was an avowed racist. His body failing, he turned to our hospital for help only to find me, a black man, as one of the doctors entrusted to extend his life. The year was 2003, but for a time, it felt more like 1963.

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What is racism?
Posted on March 14, 2012
Hugh, Mann, Physician
Eagle Rock, Mo 65641
Conflict of Interest: None Declared

As the pigment that darkens the color of our skin, hair, and eyes, melanin is a mixed blessing. It protects us from the harsh rays of the sun, but it also subjects us to the harsh gaze and words of racists, who blindly and blithely dislike and disrespect all dark-skinned people. Fusing ignorance with arrogance, avarice with cowardice, and caprice with malice, racism is a pigment of the imagination and an impediment to every nation. Racism is lunacy, not supremacy.

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