I have a guilty pleasure called ''Family Guy.'' The baby genius, Stewie, in one episode said, "Take me to the hospital and for God's sake please do not let me be seen by a black doctor."
I cringed when I heard this line and hung my head down with shame.
I used the crutch of affirmative action to get into Yale Medical School, promising myself that I would only use this advantage once.
I found myself way out of my intellectual depth at this prestigious school. I was forced by my immature pride to rely again and again on white guilt to excuse my sub-par performance.
I can remember applying for residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown and eagerly throwing out the race card in an interview. The physician who was interviewing me politely interrupted me and stated that he had taken time out of his medical school training to go down to Alabama and march for civil rights. He asked me what I had done for the cause?
He was white. I had no prepared answer.
I am a liberal African-American Democrat who proudly voted for President Obama. I voted for him because he had faith in this country, not because he was black.
It is my humble opinion that another Yale graduate named Justice Clarence Thomas is not an Uncle Tom. He is a man who deplores discrimination even when the discrimination is done to right a past wrong.
Integrity is a funny attribute. It impels a white medical student to march for the rights of black people. It impels a black Yale law student to dedicate his life to fighting for the rights of white people.
No. Please excuse me. He fights for the rights of all people regardless of race.
Reginald O. Windom