Quote of the day II: A physician confronts racism


Dr. Brian H. Williams is a man who should have everything going for him. He’s on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s
Parkland Memorial Hospital, and he’s certified by the boards of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American College of Surgeons.

And he is also one of the trauma surgeons who treated police offices wounded in last week’s shootings during the Black Lives Matter protest.

But he is also a black man.

In a press conference in Dallas today, Williams made clear that even success in his rarefied field and a post at a prestigious teaching hospital didn’t insulate him from the fears faced by every black man and when confronted by mean and women wearing badges and carrying guns:

“One time, a year or two ago, I bought one of the Dallas PD officers some ice cream when I was out with my daughter getting ice cream. I want my daughter to see me interacting with police that way so she doesn’t grow up with the same burden that I carry when it comes to interacting with law enforcement. And I want the police officers to see me — a black man — and understand that I support you, I will defend you and I will care for you. That doesn’t mean that I do not fear you. That doesn’t mean that if you approach me, I will not immediately have a visceral reaction and start worrying for my personal safety.”

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