Less black men applied to medical school in the year 2014 than in 1978. This is a major problem, not just for the Black community, but for America as a whole!
Society teaches black boys that they have to become athletes, rappers, or prisoners! They're told they can live the American Dream, as long as it's within those boundaries. Every day, black boys with aspirations of greatness are being pushed aside. They're made to believe that if they can't throw a ball, they have no value. We as a society are failing to give them what they need most, real HOPE!
What if we told them the truth? What if marginalized youth of all backgrounds knew they could become doctors? What if their teachers, parents, and even coaches taught them that the book in their hand is more valuable than the ball? How much better would they be because of that? How much better would all of us be?
The medical field is in a crisis. Healthcare expenditure accounts for nearly 20% of the US GDP. A substantial portion of that is driven by disparities, which in turn are partially driven by a medical workforce which lacks diversity. Neglecting black men in the medical field is detrimental to the nation as a whole. But how do we address this problem?
You're invited to join us as we tackle this issue and enter the lives of black men in medicine. Together, we'll experience their struggles, their triumphs, and investigate the questions, "Why are there so few black men in the medical field & what can we do about it?” We’re going to take you to the front lines of this issue, and face it head-on.
Black Men In White Coats: Rise Up promises hope! The story of Black Men in White Coats is the American Dream! We're going to take you on a journey that you'll never forget.
NBC's THE TODAY SHOW SEGMENT
Check us out on NBC's The Today Show sharing our mission for Black Men In White Coats!
When I was 20 years old, I took a flight home from St. Louis to Houston, Texas. On this trip, a middle-aged woman sat next to me. Over the duration of that two-hour flight, she explained to me that I dressed poorly, spoke funny, and ultimately would never be successful. I got off that plane with one thought, is this what people think when they see individuals that look like me?
Since then, I've been determined to change the way society views black men and perhaps more important, black boys. When news broke that the number of black men going to medical school was declining, I was inspired to take action and started Black Men In White Coats. We’ve had much success so far, however, we understand that things won't change unless our message is spread to the masses. That is why we're making this feature-length film. We want all Americans to understand the epidemic at hand and move to action.
I’m a black male doctor. I've sat in class while my professor used the 'N' word. I've been mistaken for hospital transport rather than the doctor that I am. I've been approached by police so they could search my friend’s trunk unwarranted. I've been told that I dress funny, speak poorly, and would never be successful. If these things happen to me, imagine what happens to black men who aren't doctors!
OUR FILM WILL DO THREE THINGS
1) Demolish the false stereotypes of black men in America and show the world that we have plenty to offer society
2) Explore the reasons why there are so few black male doctors and the implications of this tragedy
3) Provide inspiration and hope for diverse youth and their families
BLACK MEN IN WHITE COATS IS A MOVEMENT!
This documentary will inspire generations! Not only will people watch it, but they'll also be able to be a part of the Black Men in White Coats Movement! Check out this recap of a recent summit!
What will we do with these funds?
We all know that making a documentary is expensive! We're grateful for your support. These funds will be used to pay salaries for our production team, hire a writer to help us tell our story in a cohesive and inspirational manner, rent production equipment, cover the cost of travel for onsite filming.
Risks and challenges
This is a documentary film. One of the biggest risks is always discovering something film worthy leading to an increased budget to cover it. The good thing about this risk is that we'll have no shortage of footage. We'll overcome it by focusing on the essential aspects that will paint a compelling picture.
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