DETROIT FREE PRESS: ‘Hospital Institutionalized Racism,’ Rev. Al Sharpton’s Group Says

Source: Robin Erb / Detroit Free Press

A Michigan representative for the Rev. Al Sharpton is demanding answers to allegations that a Flint hospital submitted to a father’s request that no African-American nurses care for his newborn.

The hospital posted a note on the assignment chart that read: “No African American nurse to take care of baby” according to the nurse’s lawsuit.

“What does that do to someone’s psyche? What does that do to someone’s mind? What does that to do someone’s soul when they see a sign like that?” the Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the Michigan chapter of the National Action Network, told the Free Press this morning.

Williams is holding a news conference in Flint today and plans to meet later with the nurse, Tonya Battle, 49, a veteran nurse of the neonatal intensive care unit.

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