Black doctor’s viral TikTok plea: Respect me in my scrubs — and my hoodie

A black doctor is challenging perceptions with a viral TikTok video calling for people to treat him with respect — no matter how he’s attired.

Dr. Emeka Okorocha, 27, an emergency room physician from London, wanted to show how clothing disproportionately affects how people of color are treated amid nationwide upheaval following the killings of George Floyd and several other black Americans.

“If you respect me in my scrubs, respect me in my hoodie,” reads the caption of the timely clip, which has been viewed more than 835,000 times on TikTok. “No to racism. No to discrimination.”

In the clip uploaded June 4, Okorocha can be seen changing from a pair of blue medical scrubs into a black Nike hoodie while Childish Gambino’s racially charged “This Is America” blares in the background.

“It shows the contrast of how people see us in society,” the doc-turned-political commentator tells the Daily Mail, adding that he came up with the idea after seeing another video of a black lawyer being asked to be celebrated sans uniform. Okorocha decided to make his own TikTok version after joining a chat group of mostly black doctors who had also experienced dress-based discrimination.

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