Black Woman Sues Dr. That Called Her “€˜Aunt Jemima”€™


Being called Aunt Jemima by your doctor is not a joke. It is important that we “OUT” every person who thinks it is ok to take us Back, We Will Not Go Back!!!

The black Tennessee woman who accused her doctor of calling her “€œAunt Jemima”€ in the exam room is now suing the physician, a year after the allegations first made headlines.

As previously reported, Lexi Carter, went to her dermatologist, Dr. James Turner, last year when she said he called her a racially charged name. “€œI was just sitting there waiting to be seen,” Carter said. “”€œHe had a young assistant trainee, a student with him. And he looked at me and he goes hi Aunt Jemima. You know it took me back a little.”€

Carter said Dr. Turner called her Aunt Jemima more than once.

“€œThis was a very devastating thing to her and part of the issue is that it was taken so lightly by the doctor and when given the opportunity to sort of make it better, at least in the beginning, he didn’€™t do so,€” said Carter’€™s attorney  Van Turner.

Carter is asking for damages, just under $2,500 in part to recoup the cost of counseling she sought to cope with the distress.

“€œShe’€™s asking for an apology, a formal apology”€ Turner said. “€œShe’s asking for a measure of relief which would prevent him from doing this in the future and which would you know make him understand.”

Aunt Jemima is the face of pancake mix and syrup and comes from an old Minstrel song “€œOld Aunt Jemima,”€ hearkening from the Old South plantation “€œMammy”€ who cooked and nurtured white children on the plantation.

Carter said when Dr. Turner referred to her as Aunt Jemima, it made her feel awful.

“€œIt was an insult, racial, ethnic insult, a joke,”€ Carter said. “€œIt’€™s putting me on a level of someone subservient with a smile. Kind of Step n €™ Fetch It.”€

In 2017, Dr. Turner issued a statement saying he valued Ms. Carter as a patient and “€œAnything 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.”

That was not enough for Carter, who filed a complaint with the state medical board and a civil action for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Good for her!