Black Doctor Praised After Saying 'If You Celebrate Me in My Scrubs, Don't Hate Me in My Hoodie' | 22 Words

A black doctor has made a TikTok video saying, "If you celebrate me in my scrubs, don't hate me in my hoodie" and he has been praised heavily for his positive attitude...

The Black Lives Matter movement is gaining traction like never before.

Since the death of George Floyd, protests for the movement have been happening across the globe in volumes we've never seen before.

This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...

But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.

Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...

And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.

Many protests turned violent...

But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.

Remarkably, however, they seem to be working.

Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.

It has also taken over our streets...

For instance, a group of people painted large yellow letters saying "Black Lives Matter" down two blocks of 16th Street in D.C - a two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.

Protests have been happening across the pond too...

Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

We are witnessing history in the making...

And people are continuing to demand justice.

One of the most recent events is the tearing down of statues of slave traders and other controversial figures by protesters.

Just last week, across the pond in the UK, a video went viral of protesters tearing down a statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston and tossing it into a nearby river.

Colston was a slave trader.

Colston was Conservative MP for Bristol following his tenure as deputy governor of the Royal African Company. He is thought to have trafficked as many as 84,000 African men, women, and children, with an estimated 19,000 dying on their journey to the Caribbean and America.

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia was another of those torn down and defaced. 

The statue was ninety-three years old and had been standing there to commemorate the Italian explorer.

Many agreed with the protestors' actions...

And people have been speaking out against Columbus and what he stood for in history.

Even though more people have been educating themselves on the history of black people and the racism that they have faced for centuries...

It's going to take a lot more to change everyone's attitudes.

Well, one doctor from the United Kingdom has decided to speak out to try to create an attitude change.

This is Dr. Emeka Okorocha, and he is a twenty-seven-year-old doctor from East London.

The A&E doctor has a huge social media following...

And he has been documenting life as a doctor during the global pandemic to his 29,000 Instagram followers.

Dr. Emeka also has TiKTok...

Which he uses to not only entertain his viewers with funny videos, but to also educate them on medical issues and how to take care of themselves during the pandemic.

And his most recent TikTok video has had a change of tune.

He has decided to address the recent matter of the Black Lives Matter movement and how he, as a black person, has faced discrimination many times in his life.

He starts the video with a big smile...

Along with the caption, "If you celebrate me in my scrubs," which is a nod to the praise doctors have been receiving during the pandemic.

He then changed into a hoodie...

Along with the caption, "Don't hate me in my hoodie."

On Instagram, he wrote:

"This is the message. Don’t love is 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 hoody."

Speaking to FEMAIL, Dr. Emeka said he came up with the idea after seeing a similar video of a black lawyer being asked to be celebrated while out of his suit.

"It shows the contrast of how people see us in society," he explained. "I was in a group chat of doctors, and most of us are black. We were talking about it and all discussed how they when people in scrubs they'll celebrate us, but when they see you in hoodie they fear you."

The doctor has noticed this attitude change towards him...

"Everyone seems to love me in my scrubs and everyone is clapping for the NHS (National Health Service),  but if I wear a hoodie, as a 6ft 6 black man in an affluent neighborhood - they'll be scared."

His video has so far received more than 820,000 views on TikTok...

And more than 14,000 on Instagram, along with a lot of praise for Dr. Emeka for speaking out about this global issue.

"It can change a lot of views to how people react subconsciously when you see a black man."

"I'm so pleased about the post and the exposure and recognition it got," Dr. Emeka added.

The doctor wants people to change the way they think about black people...

Just as so many of us around the world want also. For more on the Black Lives Matter movement, keep scrolling to read about the heroic black man who saved the life of a white counter-protestor in the U.K...