After demonizing the police, CW’s racial justice Batwoman has now jumped to demonizing doctors. Somehow, I doubt a world without either would improve the black community.
The February 28 episode “Do Not Resuscitate” starts with Batwoman/Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) suffering from radiation poison from a kryptonite bullet. Her girlfriend Angelique (Bevin Bru) takes her to a hospital where they’re forced to wait for a doctor like everyone else. This doesn’t sit well with Angelique who grabs the first medical attendant she sees and starts literally lecturing him about implicit bias.
Ryan: Yo. Believe it or not, the pacing, it isn't healing me.
Angelique: What the hell's taking them so long? Hey! You! We have been waiting for a doctor for two hours.
Man: Oh. Actually, I'm not her attending.
Angelique: Oh. Actually, have you heard of a little issue in your medical community called implicit bias?
Man: I'm sorry. We're coding down the hall.
Angelique: Let me educate you on something.
Ryan: Ang, please. He's busy.
Angelique: It is the reason black women die of neglect at a disproportionately high rate in this country. We're not having that tonight. You need to get my girl some actual care before you need your own.
Man: I'll find your attending.
Ryan: Ok. Um... That was extra.
Apparently, racism is now so bad that it overrides the Hippocratic Oath in hospitals. Imagine being so paranoid as to believe doctors watch people die for the crime of being black. Even if there are discrepancies between races, correlation does not equal causation and who does it help to call all hospitals “implicitly” biased? Batwoman has certainly hit leftist lows before, but this may be an all-new standard.
And, of course, Ryan seems all too happy to watch her girlfriend berate a random white male worker for problems in the “medical community.” Newsflash, yelling at a clearly busy medical attendant would change the “implicit bias” of a hospital as much as yelling at a pizza boy would change Domino’s. All it shows is the sick glee you get from torturing people trying to their best to help you. I’ve seen supervillains less sadistic than that.
Considering we’re currently in a country desperate to vaccinate all its citizens with black people among the most hesitant, the last thing TV shows should do is demonize doctors trying to do their jobs. Yet Batwoman can’t help but call hospitals racist for the sake of scoring social justice points. Even people’s lives don’t seem to matter to this superhero series. Thank goodness she’s not our hero.