One result that lingers in the minds of many Americans is questioning the qualifications of those who may have been recipients of affirmative action in professional settings. In the May 30 episode of CBS’s Code Black titled “Cabin Pressure,” an older white man was painted as racist for choosing a younger white male resident over the African-American Chief of the O.R.
As the patient was being told he would need surgery to remove his appendix, he expressed his desire for Dr. Angus Leighton (Harry Ford) to perform his surgery over that of Dr. Will Campbell (Boris Kadjoe). He called it listening to his gut when he makes decisions. Then he said, “my man” to Will and this was all the doctors needed to hear to label the man racist.
Will: We need to get you to the or to remove it right away.
Patient: But he’ll be doing the surgery, right?
Will: Dr. Leighton is my resident. He’ll be assisting me.
Patient: I’d rather give the kid a shot.
Angus: Dr. Campbell is chief of OR and the ER. You hit the jackpot.
Patient: Look, everything I got in my life, I got from trusting my gut. And my gut’s saying to take the kid. No disrespect…my man.
Will: Anesthesiologist is on his way in. As soon as the or opens up, we’ll get you prepped. Dr. Leighton, come on.
Angus argues with Will over Will’s decision to honor the patient’s wish. Will explains that Angus, a resident, is ready to perform the surgery and he will be there to supervise. Along the way we watch as Will wisely tells Angus that he is not ceding his power or his control of the operating room. He tells Angus to roll with it and to remain respectful to the patient. Angus wants to tear into the man and eventually does so as he talks to the patient post-surgery.
Patient: Look at those stitches. Like the backseat of a Porsche.
Angus: No signs of peritonitis.
Patient: I know what you’re thinking. I’m not a racist. I just sometimes don’t know which one I’m getting, you know? The one who worked for it or the one who didn’t.
Angus: Excuse me?
Patient: Ah, you know what I’m talking about. Some people get in the room because they checked the box, filled a quota. I’m not saying that’s your guy. Maybe he’s the other kind. Maybe he’s the kind who qualified because he actually worked for it. But I needed a doctor right then. How the hell was I supposed to know?
Angus: I see. You — You only wanted the best care. That’s all. Nope. Nope. Hold on. Um, let me tell you how I got this job, genius. My father’s on the hospital board. I was a C student, and I still am. But a couple of hours ago, I was up to my elbows in your breakfast. And those stitches that are barely holding you together right now? Well, I learned how to do those about a week ago. So, good luck with that.
Heck of a bedside manner there, Angus. Though the liberal left long ago demanded quotas in school admissions and standards have been lowered to accommodate those quotas in some incidences, it is not too far-fetched to understand the concerns of older Americans. A doctor with the ability to perform surgery is an important decision.
Angus’s decision to disobey his superior’s instructions, though, is not acceptable. And frankly, would you want a lesser student performing your own surgery? His inability to control his emotions exposed Angus as not ready for prime time, if you ask me.