‘Married To Medicine’ Star Dr. Jackie Walters Seemingly Holds Back Tears While Apologizing Over Resurfaced Clip Of Her Claiming Black Women Are “Dramatic” About Health Concerns
Reality TV star Dr. Jackie Walters has issued an official apology following her recent controversy.
The medicinal professional claims she was “heart broken” over criticism she’s received following her statements about the “dramatic” way Black women typically behave at the doctors office.
In the remorseful video posted to her instagram, Dr. Jackie stated:
“I’m taking a much-needed pause to address comments that I made during a 2020 live interview with one of my castmates. First and most importantly to Black women and mothers, including your friends and the medical community who care for you because my words left you hurt and feeling unsupported. I want you to know I hear you, I see you, I believe you, and I apologize from the bottom of my heart.”
“I am brokenhearted over this. The guilt and reality that I have hurt and offended people, especially Black women and some of my own patients, pains me to my core.”
Dr. Jackie went on to claim that upon further reflection of the resurfaced clip, she recognizes her word choices did not accurately convey her intent, and offered a more thoughtful version of what she should of said. In case you’re unfamiliar with the situation, the health care worker came under fire recently for stating in the old interview that Black women tend to be “more dramatic” when expressing their health issues to doctors. She additionally suggested that Black women “cry wolf” and lie about what they’re experiencing in order to get out of work.
I never liked that self-righteous snob Dr. Jackie from Married to Medicine pic.twitter.com/BL8db8ErDY
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Her comments drew major backlash prompting her to defend herself, as this reasoning is widely understood to be a contributing factor in Black women being the lead in maternal deaths across the country. However, Dr. Jackie insisted that she didn’t mean any harm by the remark and only wants to help Black women’s chances of being taken seriously about their concerns. She added in her apology:
“I admit that I used the wrong words and descriptions to properly convey my concerns regarding maternal mortality related to women of color. But the fact is, we must do more because we are still dying more,”
Married to Med’s Dr. Jackie apologizes for her comments made about black woken concerning maternal health. **how do you feel about her apology?** pic.twitter.com/8IKrdx9icX
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“If I could say it all over again, here’s how I’d say it. When experiencing a health matter, keep a log of your concerns and symptoms so that you can provide them accurately to your physician. Have a buddy system, someone who can advocate for you when you’re with a physician, especially when pregnant. Know that a second and third opinion is not just sometimes warranted but necessary.”
Dr. Jackie ended the video thanking anyone who watched her apology and supports her “self dedication to Black women in health care”, adding:
“I’ve been shaken and moved to be better.”
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