In the United States, less than four percent of practicing physicians are African American. As of 2010, only 18,533 (less than 2 percent) were both black and female. And as of this week, two star alongside doctors' wives on Bravo's new reality series, Married to Medicine.
A month before the show was even set to premiere, students at Howard University College of Medicine, a historically black school, launched a petition on Change.org calling for it to be taken off the air. Just through its advertisements, they wrote, the show "heavily associates black females in medicine with materialism, 'cat fights,' and unprofessionalism.'"