• Esther Choo shared her experiences with racism as a doctor working in the ER. (Twitter / Esther Choo.)Source: Twitter / Esther Choo.
After the white nationalist rallies that occurred in Charlottesville, an ER doctor from Oregon has opened up about dealing with white supremacists who refuse treatment from her because she is not white.
By
Chloe Sargeant

15 Aug 2017 - 1:16 PM  UPDATED 15 Aug 2017 - 1:16 PM

After the news of violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia USA, a emergency room doctor from Oregon has spoken out about the similar instances of racism she has experienced in her line of work. 

Esther Choo works in emergency medicine, and used her Twitter account to open up about the racial discrimination she has faced in the past, particularly from white nationalists.

She explains that there are "a lot" of white nationalists in Oregon, and she experiences them refusing treatment from her "a few times a year".

Choo explains that the person will usually either leave, or choose to be treated by an intern - as long as the intern is a white person.

Choo goes on to explain that some of these white nationalists will falter, and some even end up apologising to her.

But the experienced doctor says that despite these experiences, she simply treats these white nationalists with compassion, and "make sure their hate finds no purchase" in their interaction with her. 

In solidarity with doctors from Charlottesville, Choo published a photo of the multicultural Emergency Room trauma team from the University of Virginia Medical Centre awaiting the casualties from the white supremacist rallies that occurred earlier this week. 

To learn more about the recent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville that resulted in one fatality and several people injured, watch the below report from SBS News:

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