Tennessee Doctor Suspended over Twitter Photo Protesting White Supremacy

HeadlineJan 11, 2018

In Nashville, Tennessee, a medical resident famous for his political activism is challenging the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after he was suspended for two weeks over what he says was a Twitter post critical of white supremacy. In November, Dr. Eugene Gu tweeted a photo of himself taking a knee and raising a fist, with the caption, “I’m an Asian-American doctor and today I #TakeTheKnee to fight white supremacy.” Dr. Gu says he was placed on paid administrative leave after the mother of one of his patients complained about the photo. Dr. Gu has over 100,000 Twitter followers and has long been outspoken on social issues. He was previously subpoenaed to testify to Congress over his research on fetal tissues. He’s also suing President Trump for blocking him on Twitter. Dr. Gu’s suspension was first reported by the Duke Chronicle.

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