The Drs: Ebola Racism During Soccer Game
The Doctors discussed the shocking reality of Ebola racism. One Pennsylvania high school student experienced this when players from an opposing soccer team taunted him with harassing chants about the deadly disease. The player is from West Africa and his family still lives in an area severely impacted by the Ebola virus. The soccer players’ harassing marks got to the player, causing him to retaliate, resulting in him getting kicked out of the game. Since the incident, players and coaches have been penalized, but many people are saying it never should have happened in the first place.
The soccer player, Ibrahim, and his guardian, Edward, joined The Doctors via Polycom. Edward said that coaches need to step up and have zero tolerance for that sort of thing. He said he realizes that trash-talking will always be a part of the game, but when you take it to a whole other level, it becomes disrespect and poor sportsmanship.
Ibrahim explained that every time he would run near a player, an opposing player would cough and say, “Watch out, he has Ebola and he’s going to give it to you.” As The Doctors said, there’s just no place for something like that on the playing field.
The Drs: Distracted Driving Dangers
The Doctors then moved on to talk about a different kind of destructive behavior: distracted driving. A 20-year-old woman named Liz who shared that she feels alone because friends who used to be there for her no longer are. Her mom, Betty, said she looked at her daughter’s Facebook page and saw her daughter had posted “Can anyone please hang out with me today? I don’t have many friends.”
Liz shared that she was a popular girl in high school before her accident, and her mom said that her daughter always told her she never texted while driving. Liz admitted that she ignored the warnings about texting while driving because everyone else was doing it. “I thought it was invincible, but clearly I was completely wrong,” Liz said.
The text that Liz was reading before the accident was from her mom. Liz is now blind in one eye and she cannot smell. She also had trouble hearing, cannot produce tears, and has to take medicine in order to fall asleep. Betty asks that people don’t text their loved ones if they know they’re driving. “It’s not worth it,” Liz said.
The Drs: Spreading Awareness About Texting While Driving
Liz and Betty joined The Doctors and they shared a picture of Liz before the accident, saying that she had become, in many ways, the face of what can happen when you text and drive. Dr Travis Stork said a lot of people text while driving without consequences. Liz has since been talking to other teenagers and trying to spread awareness.
Betty said she was embarrassed and ashamed because she was telling teens to stop texting while driving, only to find out that it was her that caused the accident. Liz said she and her mom want to show what can happen as well as the effects of afterward. Betty shared that 3,398 people die a year from distracted driving and 421,000 are injured from the same thing. Liz is now one of those numbers on that paper.
Through tears, Betty said they’re not against cellphones, but they’re against them being used irresponsibly. If you know someone is driving, do not text them. The Doctors were all wearing lime green wristbands for the cause, and Liz explained that she chose the color because that was the color used at the scene of the accident to document her as a fatality, because there was no hope that she would survive. The Doctors called her a walking miracle.