Police, hospital look into doctor's racial slur, threats

Mar 13, 2009 Read more: TwinCities.com 50
A racial slur and threatening comments made by a local doctor to the editor of The Daily Republic are being investigated by the local police and hospital. Read more
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ToughSell

Palo Alto, CA

#1 Mar 13, 2009
I empathize with the doctor's point, but it should have been ranted over a cold beer at a bar, not in a recorded interview. We should be looking for local home grown talent before even considering bringing in another option.
Motley Larry

Lady Lake, FL

#2 Mar 13, 2009
Maybe he could use a better term than sandn*****s.Like maybe,east Indian,or Arabic.Someone could use some diversity training,just before being fired.
Motley Larry

Lady Lake, FL

#6 Mar 13, 2009
Oxboro,its comments like that making things worse.How is anybody with citizenship papers different then any one of us? We are all descendants of people from other countries.If they are not citizens,they will have to become one,just like your ancestors.
Jim

Gig Harbor, WA

#9 Mar 13, 2009
A SURGEON, totally lacking in tact, social skills and political sensitivity??

I'm shocked. SHOCKED!

Don't just shut him up. Fire him. His quality as a surgeon is second to his finess in dealing with reporters and his ability to think before he speaks.

Then -- try to find a replacement surgeon. That won't be as easy...
doreen

Baraboo, WI

#10 Mar 13, 2009
why all the namecalling if you were born in america you are an american regardless of where your ancestors came from maybe if people would stop refering to themselves by handles like african american or asian-american the world would stop seeing differences cheeze my ancestors came from Ireland I guess I just created a brand new race group Irish-american get real people and be the one who stops the racism instead of continueing like every generation before ours

“REALLY? Are you serious?”

Since: Feb 09

Up north MN WI

#11 Mar 13, 2009
Roughrider50 wrote:
Now if that had been a black Dr. in north Minneapolis referring to whites as ****, or honky that wouldn't have even made the paper.
I've never actually heard a black person use the term "honkey" don't think it caught on quite like it should have. I have heard the term cracker, which I think is funny actually. Basically this Dr. was saying he doesn't care if the local guy is a mediocre Dr., he'd hire him before an outstanding physician that was Arab. Just the hospital that I want to go to for livesaving treatment.

“REALLY? Are you serious?”

Since: Feb 09

Up north MN WI

#12 Mar 13, 2009
ToughSell wrote:
I empathize with the doctor's point, but it should have been ranted over a cold beer at a bar, not in a recorded interview. We should be looking for local home grown talent before even considering bringing in another option.
Agreed, but what if the other Dr. is better? Who do you want treating your kid? Or youself? I understand the point of hiring people from the area,but bottom line is that if they don't perform as well, this is not the industry to just let that slide
OkieDokie

Green Bay, WI

#13 Mar 13, 2009
I would hope that a medical facility would hire a doctor based on his credentials rather than where he grew up.

Q: What do you call a medical student with a "C" average?
A: Doctor
I agree with the doctor

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Mar 13, 2009
As far as what should be done about him. "NOTHING".
Its called "FREED OF SPEACH". Something we would not have in the middle east.

“REALLY? Are you serious?”

Since: Feb 09

Up north MN WI

#15 Mar 13, 2009
I agree with the doctor wrote:
As far as what should be done about him. "NOTHING".
Its called "FREED OF SPEACH". Something we would not have in the middle east.
Yeah, he has freedom of speech, but he also has "at will employment" meaning if you do something that makes your organization look bad, you get canned. If you do it publicly, thats a risk you take.
Seriously

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Mar 13, 2009
The U.S. government cannot infringe on your free speech. That does not mean a private entity has to provide you a platform to spew hatred. You can spew all the hatred you want, but nothing says this hospital has to support you doing it. Please.
Cold in - Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Mar 13, 2009
Truth be told, I wouldn't care to have an Arab doctor. I'm sure its wrong, but its an issue of whether you will be able to relate with your doctor.

Stop thinking of doctors as exalted gods, they are just people, some a little smarter than the general public and some a little less.

Too often very smart people don't have people skills, I'd be suspect of the Arab doctor. You could easily import some from Canada, they love the pay and they hate their medical system.
sammysosa

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Mar 13, 2009
This guy should not be practicing medicine. I wonder what he thinks of patients of color. Are they safe under his care?
attn_required

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Mar 13, 2009
what happened to freedom of speech?????? WTH
Muddle Puddle

Stewart, MN

#20 Mar 13, 2009
Minorities of all colours are permitted, nay, encouraged, to spew the most poisonous vituperation at Caucasians and are applauded for it. In our new, improved, politically correct post-Camelot America, whites are expected to stand by meek and mild whilst they are spat upon by those who, in their heart of hearts, are envious of European American culture which stands in stark contrast to their own. That is the simple truth.

Perhaps the likes of "reverend" Al Sharpton and "reverend" Wright should be held to the same standards as this white professional who is about to be scourged at the pillar and crucified for having dared to blaspheme against the New Orthodoxy. Fat chance !

The Norwegian man of letters Hamsun once gave a somber prediction for America's future. Now, a century on, he's being proved right.
tired of being different

Baraboo, WI

#21 Mar 13, 2009
caucasian are now the minority in this country and help us we have fewer rights than minority citizens if we speak up we are being discriminatory watch what you say politically correct give me a break Equality hah no one knows the meaning of the word everyone is treated differently all depends on the way you look
Muddle Puddle

Stewart, MN

#22 Mar 13, 2009
Aye, you're only too right. Yet what can we expect of a society where the likes of Sarah Jane Olsen and William Ayers are permitted to walk the streets freely with insolent smirks on their faces ?
tired of being different wrote:
caucasian are now the minority in this country and help us we have fewer rights than minority citizens if we speak up we are being discriminatory watch what you say politically correct give me a break Equality hah no one knows the meaning of the word everyone is treated differently all depends on the way you look
Marine from Marine

South Saint Paul, MN

#23 Mar 13, 2009
I find it amazing there are so many uniformed people. I cannot figure out why so many politically correct individuals continually use the racist card. People are not racist in most cases. Do yourself a favor and get informed. Read the book "Hating Whitey" by David Horowitz then we can talk.
The Rad Rethuglican

Minneapolis, MN

#24 Mar 13, 2009
I agree with the doctor wrote:
As far as what should be done about him. "NOTHING".
Its called "FREED OF SPEACH". Something we would not have in the middle east.
God you're ignorant. The "doctor" should be FREED OF JOB.
attn_required

Minneapolis, MN

#25 Mar 13, 2009
The Rad Rethuglican wrote:
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God you're ignorant. The "doctor" should be FREED OF JOB.
Whatever! it's sensitive crybabies that give words power...don't we teach our kids that "sticks and stones might break your bones but words will never hurt you" so that htey won't put much weight on things people might say to them, us throughout life? It's just words...get over it, live with it, laugh at it, because IT'S NEVER GONNA CHANGE!!!

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