Dear Dr. Altaf Saadi of Huffington Post,
Adults these days. If it isn’t homophobia, it’s racism. If it isn’t racism, it’s sexism. If it isn’t sexism, it’s a new ism and excuse me while I throw myself off a bridge. Speaking of suicides, let’s talk about you. You’re a Muslim woman who penned an article in the Huffington Post, regaling us all about the tragedy of your predicament, lecturing us all about the pervasive racism particularly rampant in America. I’m not entirely sure why your parents immigrated here from Iran if America is so intolerant. I’m also not sure if non-Muslims in Iran would find American culture as problematic, but who knows? I’m a silly, white man. So, naturally, you article in HuffPo was begging for a rebuttal. Brace yourself, there might be stereotypical jokes abound. This is not Iran, we do not hang people for disrespecting others. It’s a free country. Let’s jump right in, shall we?
Recently, the wife of a prominent Boston businessman — one of my many wealthy, white patients at Massachusetts General Hospital — greeted me this way:
“So what foreign medical school did you go to anyway?”
“For background, I’m a petite, Middle Eastern young woman with a headscarf, and I’m guessing I do not resemble her vision of what a doctor “should” look like. That image is probably taller, whiter, male and not Muslim. My answer (in perfect, unaccented English) to her question about where I was trained? “Harvard Medical School.” After that, her lips remained pursed shut for the rest of our encounter.”
Wonderful. You open your article assuming the woman, who you conveniently tell us is white, is a racist. You assume that (because you have gone out of your way to be obviously Muslim) that the wife of one of your “many wealthy white patients” thinks that you, with your headscarf, being in a country known for accepting immigrants, are an immigrant yourself. The nerve of her. The nerve! Also, look up at what you wrote again, and tell me who brought up race first.
Now that we’ve established you’re a raving bigot, let’s move on. Maybe your wealthy, white patient’s wife (your words) wasn’t racist. Your article goes on to say that you’re an immigrant from Iran. So there’s that. If your immigration story is at all known or was brought up in prior conversation, is it racist of the white patient’s wife (your words) to have assumed you went to a medical school which was not in the United States? Further, isn’t your peevishness derived from the assumption that this woman thought you attended a foreign school? That perhaps, those would be below you. Is that an admission that American schools are better? I’m just checking. Again, silly, white man here.
Sorry, digression. Asking what foreign school you went to doesn’t necessarily make your wealthy, white patient’s wife (your words) a racist. Presumptuous, perhaps. But assertive of racial superiority due solely to your skin color… are you prepared to substantiate that? She might have assumed, just as YOU assumed that she only envisions white, male, non-Muslim doctors. I’m white, and I don’t know anyone who assumes that. If anything I’ve had more doctors who are Asian. Or Indian. Interestingly, I’ve never had a midget doctor. I imagine, should the occasion arise, there would be initial discomfort, but I’d eventually learn to love him as one of my own. More importantly Dr. Saadi, I’d learn a lot about myself.
“I thought that attending college and medical school at Yale and Harvard, respectively, would be my golden ticket to America’s meritocratic dream, that my prestigious diplomas would shield me from future experiences with racism and bigotry.”
If you thought attending Yale and Harvard would do anything other than give you a diploma from Yale and Harvard (and the obvious pride you have tossing those colleges around for clout), you’re too stupid to be a doctor. May I recommend politics? Political types would love a Yale and Harvard grad, especially a Muslim woman. Hey, you could have a shot at the big house. The white one. If that’s still too high-brow, might I suggest blogging for the Huffington Post?
Look, I’m not excusing the bigotry. But if you thought that a piece of paper would stop ALL individual prejudices from existing in your world, you’re an unintelligent person. Especially in Boston. The loudest, most racist and/or obnoxious city in America.
“Another day, an 80-year old patient with dementia began hitting me on the head when I checked in on her for my daily visit. Pointing to my headscarf, she said, “I don’t want someone with that taking care of me.” Despite her mental condition, the racism still stung as I continued to strive to provide her the best care possible.”
You said it yourself, this is an insane person. You’re a doctor, this is an insane person. Ignore the insane person. They say insane things. Why is this hard? Also, how is a headscarf racist? If your headscarf is racist, does that make a baseball cap sexist? Just asking…
“Have you noticed that only the white children are called ‘cute’?” I asked my friend after our third day on the pediatrics rotation.”
Allow me to address the real problem here. You have horrible friends. No, I’ve never noticed that. In fact I’ve been accused of racism for stating the exact opposite. Case in point, little Asian babies are the cutest because they look like porcelain dolls. Why my instinct is to want to chew the fat little arms of said porcelain dolls is a question that will require years of therapy to answer. Also, young, black boys are often hilarious. My sentiments are shared by all of my friends. I literally know nobody who thinks as your horrible friends so. Which leads me to a generalized opinion of you: you’re a racist victim who enjoys looking down at other people, propping yourself up as a martyr for the cause.
Rather than focus on the good in people, you’ve narrowed in on any and all perceived slights, real or imaginary, in relation to your race or religion. Which isn’t that much of a surprise, considering your article was written for the Huffington Post. We usually judge others based on ourselves. You are a racist bigot who assumes the worst of people based on the color of their skin. Also, people who do not agree with Islam are not racists. They’re sane, rational human beings who think Islam is a crappy relgion which subjugates women and loves the rape. Because it does. There. I think we’ve zeroed in on the problem.
There’s no doubt that there are some anti-Arab bigots. Just as there is no doubt there are anti-white bigots (look in the mirror, doc). But guess what? Right now, discretion (not bigotry or racism) toward Muslims is, in some situations, necessary. See Germany. See Sweden. See Paris attacks. See San Bernardino. See also the World Trade Center. You want to talk statistics? Let’s talk statistics. No religion or ideology of people has ever been as violent, or anti-human as Muslims are today (read Moderate Muslims in Their Own Words and Laws… and Documentary: Innocent Afghan Woman Publicly Beaten to Death by Hundreds of Muslims). That’s a problem. When dealing with national security, discrimination is by definition necessary. Lest we get shot up, blown up, invaded and our women raped. Not to put too fine a point on it, but it’s not Muslims but Christians who are facing rampant discrimination and slaughter…at the hands of Muslims.
Nobody should hate you because you’re a Muslim doctor. Okay? Okay. Nor should you prejudge or hate someone because they are white and wealthy. But to try and paint people who believe in borders, profiling and security to anti-non-white baby racists is stupid. Even for a SJW doctor who writes for the HuffingtonPost.
Written by Steven Crowder and Courtney Kirchoff