Angelina Jolie Opens up About Colour Bias in the Medical Industry

Angelina Jolie & Zahara

Angelina Jolie Opens up About Colour Bias in the Medical Industry


Recall that in March 2021, Angelina opened up about her daughter, Zahara’s surgery. In an essay for Time, a had written: “I have spent the last two months in and out of surgeries with my eldest daughter, and days ago watched her younger sister go under the knife for a hip surgery.


Recently in an interview with Time's Malone Mukwende, Jolie revealed that Zahara has undergone the surgery, adding that the 16-year-old’s care after the surgery however, depended on her “skin color.”


According to the 46 year old star:

“I have children from different backgrounds, and I know when there was a rash that everybody got, it looked drastically different depending on their skin color.

“But whenever I looked at medical charts, the reference point was always white skin.

“Recently my daughter Zahara, whom I adopted from Ethiopia, had surgery, and afterward, a nurse told me to call them if her skin ‘turned pink.’”


Malone admitted experiencing the same thing, noting that he himself “started to notice [the bias] very early on” in his medical studies.


Malone, who is 21 years old, and on a mission to teach aspiring doctors the peculiarities of disease symptoms added:

“Almost the entirety of medicine is taught in that way. There’s a language and a culture that exists in the medical profession, because it’s been done for so many years and because we are still doing it so many years later it doesn’t seem like it’s a problem.

“However, like you’ve just illustrated, that’s a very problematic statement for some groups of the population.

“Because it’s just not going to happen in that way and if you’re unaware you probably won’t call the doctor.”

Have you also experienced colour bias in the medical sector?





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