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An African-American Memphis woman claims that her doctor recently used an offensive racial slur when he greeted her in his office.

According to WMC Action NewsLexi Carter says that on July 11 her doctor, Dr. James Turner, walked in and allegedly said to her, “Hi Aunt Jemima.”

“I was just sitting there waiting to be seen and he walked in,” Carter told the news outlet. “He had a young girl, physician’s assistant trainee, a student with him and he looked at me and he goes ‘Hi Aunt Jemima.’”

Shocked and offended, Carter says that Turner didn’t apologize for his problematic comments.  And tmake matters even worse: She claims that he said it to her a second time.

Carter stressed to WMC that what Turner said was racist and insulting.

“It was an insult, racial ethnic insult, a joke. It’s putting me on a level of someone who is subservient with a smile—kind of step and fetch it. It was very derogatory, very demeaning. Especially for someone who prides myself in being none of that.

Carter also shared how his words have affected her.

“I haven’t slept. I haven’t–I haven’t really been able to deal with this. It’s just the most horrible feeling really and I try to understand it and I don’t understand it.”

Turner admitted to the news outlet that he did indeed call Carter “Aunt Jemima,” but denies that he never apologized. In a statement, Turner wrote:

“Ms. Carter is one of our very dear patients and has been for years.  She is one of many African American patients and I count it a privilege to be their doctor.  Anything I said that tarnishes that image and my respect for her was a misspoken blunder on my part and was not intended to show disrespect for Ms. Carter.  I am very sorry for that misunderstanding.” 

Look: To call someone “Aunt Jemima” at all—let alone twice—isn’t “mispeaking,” nor is it a “misunderstanding.” It’s 2017, and we all should understand the racial implications of this stereotypical slave character and how it degrades Black women. 

It seems that Carter isn’t trying to hear his “late” apology either and has plans to file a formal complaint with the state medical board.



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14 thoughts on “Memphis Woman Claims Doctor Called Her ‘Aunt Jemima’

  1. Oma Tekoa on said:

    For me, the guy has said sorry publicly. They have had a long standing professional relationship. That really should be it. To press ahead with filing any further complaint is just overzealous sensitivity. Extremism on both sides would be wrong. Hope she’s not thinking of going back to him for her medicals cos we black folks can be that stupid sometimes.

  2. Teresa on said:

    Are there any complaints about the food products of the same name? Do we boycott that or make a point to purchase it as often as we need to 🤔

  3. Why would she want to be seeing a white doctor any darn way..? With all the black doctors graduating from Meharry and other medical schools, surely there must be a black physician in her area! I am a 60 something black female and I make it a point to seek out physicians who look like me. My current doctor is a young black woman, 12 years out of med school and very good at what she does. Prior to her, I had another young black woman doctor. Some black folks need to get over their reverse racism – namely thinking that white doctors, white businesses, etc., are better than black doctors and black businesses. And then they’re shocked when they experience white folks’ bias..? Get outta here..!

  4. specialt757 on said:

    This woman has been a patient of his for years and he is all of sudden calling her Aunt Jemima? WTH is that all about? Oh wait, we are living in #45’s America, where white folks think it’s cool to say that ish, like they did in the 40s, 50s, & 60s. We’re not going back to those times. File that complaint Ms. Carter, hopefully, they hit his racist behind in the pocket. No doubt he is no longer her doctor, right?

  5. Aunt Jemima is a derogatory name and a racist slur.
    She was a slave character whose image was put on a pancake box to sell the product.

    Who the f–k whats to be called that in 2017?
    white folks are getting ridiculous these days with their damn insults/nooses, etc.
    None of this s–t is FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yes, this woman needs to file a complaint against this POS doctor.
    His behavior was deplorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. mrknowitall on said:

    Why is being called aunt jamima a bad thing? This is a Rorschach test. If you hate aunt jamima, then you have a problem.

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