WOW! I'm and "elder" and I'm so very happy to witness this movement. Over the years, I've tried many things to help bring a sense of "great esteem" to our young people of color. I've seen some wonderful successes--and my heart hurts from some failures. Getting the "foundation" correct for our future doctors, lawyers, astronauts, wealth management consultants, etc., I believe, is most critical. "Nipping in the bud" the systemic elementary genocide of our young African American citizens needs to be a prime objective. As so often we POC struggle to just get the day-to-day living done, the extras (support/meetings) sometimes fall through the cracks. At times during this pandemic, I've "really chastised" in my mind this corona virus (lol). Relative to how we can do that "nipping", there is one thing that I've learned from it, though. It is how we can use the social "meetings" aspect to get parents, aunties, uncles, godparents, etc. in the mindset and engaged in shimming up our young people--early on. Once that foundation is set, we build upon it while simultaneously putting that "blueprint" in place to further assure our young ones a "sho nuf" chance of successfully navigating the hurdles and traps that have been in place for hundreds of years to sabotage them. Lord knows I could write a paper on this but I'll end my comment here. I'm excited and hopeful that I'll be involved in the additional thrust of this long overdue movement/campaign. USE ME!!!! You BMWC are truly MVPs.
Incredibly poignant and important topic, this documentary left me in tears at the end. I feel determined to join the call to action and become a part of this movement. Well done, Dr. Dale. We're rooting for you and all the black men and boys who aspire and will aspire to be doctors.
The doc is a good combo of the stats that back up the issue and the real emotions of real people to drive it home.
I'm left only wanting more information; I'd love to see the data of how the numbers/percentages of black men in medical school have changed from 1978 to now, like were they on the rise/decline in 1978, or at any point before 2014?
The statistics are striking and the systemic barriers to changing the reality of diminishing numbers of Black men physicians are important. I often think that I would not have a chance applying to medical school now because I had to work my way through university, I was a first generation university student and from a low socioeconomic family. This movie highlights the challenges of developing a physician workforce that better reflects society, the importance that the workforce does represent society and the pain that children like Tripp face every day. It is about Black male physicians, but in the end, it is about us as the medical community and how we have to do better.