A black doctor goes viral after pleading with people to respect him in both scrubs and hoodies.
Inspired by the BLM protesters worldwide, many people are taking to social media to educate people on racism.
And one of these activists is Emeka Okorocha, a 27-year-old A&E doctor from London.
Dr. Emeka Okorocha wanted to show how clothing disproportionately affects how people treat ‘people of color.’
He recently shared a video on TikTok asking everyone to respect him no matter what he’s wearing.
Dr. Emeka Revealed People Act Differently When They See Him Wearing a Hoodie
The Nigerian-British doctor said some people celebrate him when they know he works for NHS. But then get afraid of him when he’s wearing hoodies.
He even had several incidents with the police, where the police stopped him for driving too slow in a ‘nice neighborhood.’
He told Femail:
“I’ve had incidents. I’ve been driving car in nice neighborhood, where my parents live, and been stopped for quote-on-quote ‘driving too slow.'”
“When [the police officer] saw my ID and saw it said ‘Doctor,’ his tone changed straight away.”
“Before, I was just a black guy in my hoodie.”
Thousands Are Now Praising Him for Taking a Stance Against Racism
In a viral TikTok video, Emeka filmed himself stating:
“If you celebrate me in my scrubs, don’t hate me in my hoodie.”
He also said on Instagram:
“This is the message. Don’t love us just when it’s trendy or convenient. Love us when it’s hard, when you may be criticized, when you may be scared or embarrassed. That’s when we really will feel you stand with us.”
“I don’t want to be clapped for and celebrated when I have my scrubs and PPE on only to see myself and others who look just like me racially profiled for wearing a simple hoodie.”
The medic reveals he got the idea for his video after seeing a black lawyer saying he deserves respect even when he’s not wearing the suit.
Emeka’s Video Has Since Had over 820K Views on TikTok and over 14K on Instagram
And many people, including other black doctors, are sharing it around the world.
Dr. Emeka said after the viral video:
“I’m so pleased about the post and the exposure and recognition it got.”
“It can change a lot of views on how people react when you see a black man.”
“I’m celebrated and respected when I’m online for being a doctor… People need to do that when I wear a hoodie. People need to not judge them. Give everyone a fair chance.”