I believe you. If I could, I would be there to support you. I say that because of an incident I witnessed over 25 years ago. Please don't give up the fight...what has happened to you deserves a mighty, and decisive response such as the one I was lucky enough to see. The racism was against a black friend of mine in the southeastern part of the U.S. He went in for disk surgery. I told him that I would stop by to see him and check up on him. The following day after his surgery, I was driving by the hospital on my way home and felt a very urgent -- critical/dire sense within me that I should not go home first but should turn around and just go find him. When I got there, I asked for him by name. The nurses sent me to the white man's room (also the same name). When I said I was looking for the other man by the same name they balked a bit and hesitantly took me there. He was in excruciating pain, thirsty and had been hitting the button for assistance for most of that time. I was blind with anger and went out to the nurses' station and made a scene until they answered his call. I got back in the room and sat with him for well into 45 minutes before a doctor and nurse appeared. I had to fight with them further to get him water and to get him pain medication. I was terrified to leave him alone because I really feared for his life. They looked at me and spoke to me with such hostility (I am white) that I was taken completely by surprise. Unfortunately, I had to leave to go to work but to this day I regret that I didn't stay. I called the next morning only to discover that he was gone..nowhere to be found...they said checked out. After much searching, I still don't know what really happened to him. The good news is that another dear friend who knew people in the state capitol, contacted law enforcement and the agency responsible for regulating hospitals. There had been reports that state officials could not substantiate. I was the witness they needed to take action. Since then, a new and wonderful hospital that is known for its national practice of diversity, compassion and outstanding care has replaced it and has been successfully serving that area now for 22 years or so.