"Ma'am there has been no mistake. Your son is Tony Weaver from Calcedeaver the Indian school? Students from there don't belong in advance classes." I could see the rage building up in my mother's eyes as she stood there. My mother is a small framed woman and she is less than 5 foot tall. She stood there stoically and listened to the principal, a burly 6 foot 4 man with a deep southern accent tell us that even though my grades were high enough and while I met all of the qualifications that people like us Native Americans didn't belong in advance courses. "He's gone have to take the test to get in."
The school required me to take an advance placement examination, even though I met all of the listed qualifications and the policy did not require the test. I still get chills when I think of my mother's response. "It doesn't matter what test or how many you place in front of him. He will pass them and you will place him in the advanced classes."
On the day of the exam I was led to an empty classroom. I thought, "This is a nice quiet place to take this exam." That was until the burly principal pulled a desk in the hall and said, "Boy here's ya test." I had to take the advanced placement examination in the middle of the hall while other students walked by as they changed classes. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
My mother taught me something important that day. She taught me to rise above the rage. She taught me to use it as a motivator to overcome the obstacles. She also taught me that sometimes you have to beat people at their own game. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
By the way I passed the test.
I am Dr. Tony Weaver a proud Choctaw Indian, husband, father, surgeon and Plastic surgery fellow. Most importantly, I am a born again believer and all I have and all that I am is because of the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
#reseaudocteur #pharmacy #snma #snda #snpha #medicine #dentistry #podiatry #minoritiesinmedicine #blacklivesmatter #mentorship #mentors #blackdoctors #blacklawyers #law #jurisdoctor #ilooklikeadoctor #health #healthcare #osteopathicmedicine #nutrition #blackmen