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I’m African, African American or Latino

I'M AFRICAN OR LATINO

Unbelievable and unjustifiable as this may be, hospital and doctor records are considered documents of truth and many times are used in court cases to prove or disprove claims made by defendants or plaintiffs.

When something is entered in a medical record it is assumed by the courts that there was no agenda operating in the mind of the person recording whatever it is they record at the moment. The court accepts the record as truth.

Now come on. This is proof that medical records should not be considered documents of truth just because a doctor or a medical establishment made the assertion or the diagnosis or the implication or the anything else under consideration. It is not proof of anything.

Look at my Facebook picture. I am clearly not recognizable as African or American African or Latino, but some doctor at some point for whatever reason thought to list me as a race other than caucasian – specifically African or Latino.

I blocked out my address for obvious reasons – on the University Hospitals document.

My husband said, you need to change that. I said, no I’m leaving it. If I change it somebody will think I’m racist and make trouble for me.

I tried to change an inaccuracy at the Cleveland Clinic once – over a long period of time and even went through the ombudsman’s office – and they never did change it.

I wonder if my treatment is going to be better or worse because I’m African? Probably better. They’ll think if they don’t treat me right, then I might go to the NAACP or worse.

Nah, I think I’ll keep my new African heritage for now. If proof be needed, I have it.






 

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© 2017 by Sharon Lee Davies-Tight, artist, author, animal-free chef, activist

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