VIDEO Depicted as gorilla, African American doctor sues UCLA for racism


A respected African American faculty surgeon filed a racial discrimination suit against the UCLA Medical Center and UC Regents. Dr. Christian Head has been intentionally degraded based on his race and UCLA officials have ignored blatant acts of racial discrimination, including an edited photo depicting Dr. Head as a gorilla being sodomized by his supervisor. That alone is offensive. But the fact that the photo was publicly presented for laughs during an annual medical school sponsored event attended by more than 200 physicians, faculty, residents and guests is both shocking and indefensible.

Hear what Dr. Head has endured and what UCLA officials continue ignore.

(You can sign the petition to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and tell him to end discrimination at UCLA and UCLA Medical Center.)




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  • Disgraceful. Needs a serious sanction or penalty

    Posted by Larry Williams Sr, 06/05/2012 3:37pm (3 years ago)

  • This is horrible!

    Posted by Larry Williams, 06/05/2012 2:55pm (3 years ago)

  • the problem i think is this , people who do things like what was done to dr head are a inferior thinking lot they try and bring down others to lift themselves up they should know that this does not work come on man when you look at the real you still see you as being an inferior spirited scared to death of being seen as you are but you got to look at you in the mirror this is why in my opionion so many people commit suicide become dope fiends hey why not go and apoligize and let it be. dam-it. cut it out. why not spend this kind of time helping others. pardon my spelling can't find spell check on google

    Posted by wallace curry-salahuaddin, 05/28/2012 10:55pm (3 years ago)

  • This is absolutely despicable in every way! Racism and perversion are a joke to the miscreants behind this hateful episode. America is becoming Germany in the 1930s. I think it's going to get much worse!

    Posted by Hans K Hildebrand, 05/28/2012 1:56am (3 years ago)

  • A disgrace but not surprised. . .the battle for equality continues . .that depiction resonants the mindset of those responsible. . .in the gutter and a flawed psychosexual development. shame on you UCLA for taking no action against the "sick" perpegrators !

    Posted by Eleanor C. Lyle, 05/27/2012 10:14am (3 years ago)

  • There are many incidents of this nature taking place every day. The sad thing is that they are increasing as opposed to decreasing. Racism is alive, still exist, and is more prevalent in today's society than many of us realize. I have been the victim of a similar incident. Many people of color are experiencing this on a daily basis. When is it going to stop.

    Posted by William Nellum, 05/24/2012 7:58am (3 years ago)

  • The allegations of reprehensible and derogatory behavior made against UCLA in a recent lawsuit, in a YouTube video and in a petition are of serious concern to the campus community.

    The type of behavior alleged is contrary to the values we hold dear and seek to advance, and such behavior would not be tolerated. All claims of discrimination and retaliation are taken very seriously and reviewed thoroughly, including in this case.

    While privacy laws and pending litigation prevent us from commenting further on the specifics of the allegations, it is important to emphasize that the complaint contains only allegations, not proven facts.

    UCLA has formal grievance and disciplinary procedures that afford appropriate due process review of any complaints of discrimination or mistreatment. Dr. Christian Head and his attorney were repeatedly advised of these procedures and encouraged to utilize them. They chose not to do so.

    UCLA works hard to maintain a welcoming, respectful and inclusive environment that promotes diversity throughout the student body, faculty, staff and health care enterprise. UCLA also takes all appropriate steps to protect employees from harassment and intimidation. State whistleblower laws prohibit retaliation against employees who express concerns about what they consider to be illegal activity — such as harassment based on race — and university policies embrace these laws.

    Posted by UCLA Communications & Public Outreach, 05/23/2012 12:24pm (3 years ago)

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