The doctor, who is also the first medical officer at the city’s Department of Health referred to Whites as ‘birthing people’ and Black and Hispanics as ‘mothers’. In her tweet, the top health official, who works as the department’s deputy commissioner for the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness, separated mothers due to their race, with white mothers falling into the ‘birthing people’ category. The doctor, who is black, is also accused of canceling women and differentiating mothers by race.
The chief medical officer at the NYC Department of Health, Dr. Michelle Morse, reportedly tweeted about the expansion of a new citywide birth equity initiative, the New York Post reports.
Per reports, in her tweet, Dr. Morse refers to one group of moms by the woke term ‘birthing people’ and black and Hispanics as ‘mothers’.
On March 23, Dr. Morse tweeted: “The urgency of this moment is clear. Mortality rates of birthing people are too high, and babies born to Black and Puerto Rican mothers in this city are three times more likely to die in their first year of life than babies born to non-Hispanic White birthing people.”
Many people accused the chief medical officer of being divisive and separating mothers due to their race, with white mothers falling into the ‘birthing people’ category.
According to the New York Post, the Department of Health released a statement and called Dr. Morse’s tweet an oversight and said the Department of Health apologizes for inadvertently gendering Black and Puerto Rican birthing people.
The tweets come after the Department of Health declared racism a public health crisis in the city, per reports.
Many people and critics saw Dr. Morse’s tweet and said that the doctor, who is black, was canceling women and differentiating mothers by race.
“White Mothers are called ‘birthing people’ and black and Puerto Rican Mothers are called Mothers? Your license to practice medicine should be revoked,” one person wrote.
“If a white person called black people birthing persons and white women mothers, everyone would be flipping out. If exposing racism is the message, then that goes for EVERYONE.” another person said.