The woman make several demands for a “white doctor” who “doesn’t have brown teeth” and “speaks English” at his local walk-in clinic on Sunday.
After requesting a doctor that is both white and “speaks English” for her son — who was suffering from chest pains — the woman is told she’ll have to wait until 4 p.m.
“I saw a doctor that was not white that did not help my kid,” the woman repeatedly says over the course of the four-minute clip. “I would like to see a white doctor. You’re telling me there isn’t one white doctor in this whole entire building?”
At one point in the recording she can be heard saying: “Oh my god. Well what’s the closest you have to speaking English?”
Her exchange with clinic staff escalates fairly quickly and several patients also waiting critique the woman for her “racist” remarks. She responds by calling them “brown” and claiming that they were targeting her because she was “white.”
Bhardwaj says that he started filming the incident after a woman sitting next to him asked the agitated woman why the doctor had to be white.
“I couldn’t help but record the video,” said Bhardwaj. “This is bad, this is inappropriate and shouldn’t go unnoticed.”
They call her “unbelievable” and “ridiculous” and point out speaking English is not exclusive to white people. Some advise her to seek medical help for her boy elsewhere.
“My kid is sick. I spoke in perfect English before I asked to have somebody that speaks perfect English,” the mother can be heard saying.
At another point she says: “Being white in this country, I should just shoot myself.”
Bhardwaj told CTV Toronto he was shocked by her blatant bigotry.
“Seeing it so openly, without any fear, in front of so many people, without even fearing that someone can report her — it was really shocking,” he said.