‘Married to Medicine’ Dr. Jackie Issues Another Apology for Racially Profiling Black Pregnant Women: “Crocodile Tears Ain’t Cutting It”
Married to Medicine star Dr. Jackie Walters has released a new response after racially profiling Black women, this time with a tearful and scripted apology.
The controversy began when a clip from a YouTube Live resurfaced from 2020, showing Dr. Jackie making dangerous remarks about pregnant Black women. In the video, she claimed that Black women often overstate their pregnancy pains to get time off work, stating, “cry wolf,” which led to widespread criticism and disappointment on social media.
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Following the resurgence of Dr. Jackie Walters’ controversial 2020 remarks about Black pregnant women, she has issued an apology and sought to clarify her statements.
In the original comments, Dr. Jackie had said that Black pregnant women can be “a bit more dramatic” and tend to “cry wolf the entire pregnancy,” which might lead to their doctors not taking their genuine symptoms seriously.
On Friday, December 22, Dr. Jackie addressed these comments for the second time. She captioned her post, “My apology,” and stated:
“I’m taking a much-needed pause to address comments that I made during a 2020 live interview with one of my castmates.” Dr. Jackie acknowledged the hurt and lack of support felt by Black women and mothers due to her words, stating, “I want you to know I hear you, I see you, I believe you, and I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I am brokenhearted over this. The guilt and reality that I have hurt and offended people, especially Black women and some of my own patients, pains me to my core.”
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The issue gained more attention after the latest episode of Married to Medicine, where Dr. Walters was featured in a Zoom conversation with Vice President Kamala Harris, discussing the higher mortality rates of Black women during childbirth.
This prompted fans to revisit her earlier problematic statements, originally made during a live broadcast on Dr. Heavenly Kimes’ podcast, Heavenly Help Us. Walters had tried to convey that Black women may not always be truthful with their doctors, asserting, “Sometimes as African-American women, we’re a bit more dramatic and that you go to the doctor and you complain and you complain and you complain and you’re not taken seriously because you cry wolf the entire pregnancy.” She also suggested some Black women exaggerate their pregnancy issues to get time off work.
Reflecting on her previous comments, Walters now realizes her error: “I used the wrong words and descriptions to properly convey my concerns regarding maternal mortality related to women of color. The fact is, we must do more because we are still dying more.” She also mentioned that she would advise patients to keep a log of their symptoms and seek multiple opinions.
She finished by expressing gratitude to her fans for their attention and understanding, stating, “I’ve been shaken and moved to be better.”
Dr. Heavenly Kimes quickly shared Jackie’s apology video to her own page, captioning it, “That’s my dog!!! I knew she would make this right! We love you.”
Dr. Simone Whitmore also showed her support by posting about Dr. Jackie’s professionalism and dedication as a Black female OBGYN.
However, many fans remain skeptical of Dr. Jackie’s apology, with one person commenting on the sincerity of her tears. One person tweeted, “Somebody said they don’t believe Dr.Jackie’s tears like she don’t believe ours.”
Another person noted, “Dr. Jackie needed to take some acting lessons from Ms. Quad before issuing this apology video cause those crocodile tears ain’t cutting it!”
One person shared, “She still didn’t own anything. What she said was I apologize for not using the correct words to convey my sentiments blah blah. Alright ma’am, you said what you could without being totally liable for some aftermath. You will lose alot from this but will gain alot to inside.”
Someone else commented, “Dr. Jackie could’ve kept that apology. It felt unauthentic and those tears give “cry wolf”vibes.”
Another viewer wrote, “Dr.Jackie with them fake tears and statements girl bye! CANCELED!”
A fan stated, “I don’t know if anyone else has noticed but it appears Dr. Jackie is reading her so called apology. And she appears to be crying however there are no tears . This is an epic fail.”
Married to Medicine airs Sunday nights, at 9pm ET, on Bravo.