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Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D., AFRICAN AMERICANS CONFRONT A PANDEMIC: ASSESSING COMMUNITY IMPACT, ORGANIZATION, AND ADVOCACY IN THE SECOND DECADE OF AIDS, in State of Black America (2002)

 

 

Just as the historic struggle for equal access and equal opportunities for minorities in the U.S. has been influenced by the early dominance of white men of means, so has the modern fight for equal opportunity in AIDS treatment, service, and prevention.  Early advocates for minority communities hard hit by the epidemic confronted the inadequacy of policy models designed to assist white gay men of means.  These models would prove to be inappropriate for helping communities of color curb the spread of AIDS.  Combined with a host of complicating factors like poverty, substance abuse problems, and exclusion from social insurance programs, African American and Hispanic communities have been placed at a distinct disadvantage in their efforts to ward off the spread of AIDS.

            Despite these challenges, a nascent AIDS lobby indigenous to the African American community organized in the 1990s to combat the challenges presented by the epidemic.  Their mobilization and activism served as a catalyst for engaging political leaders on Capitol Hill and their expertise on the issues faced by African Americans with AIDS formed the basis for the CBC AIDS Initiative. 

Ironically, the political maturity of minority AIDS community based organizations comes at a time when mainstream media, political leaders, business leaders, and other opinion leaders have become increasingly focused on the international AIDS crisis.  With an estimated 40 million people infected with the HIV world wide, the challenges presented by AIDS abroad are enormous.[1]  The egregious infection rates in African countries illustrate a global disenfranchisement of poor people of color.  In order to prevent mass annihilation of Africans throughout the Diaspora, it is probable that the next phase of political activity will focus on developing a global agenda that links the issues faced by black and brown people in the U.S. with those faced by black and brown people in the international arena.



[1] Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, “AIDS Epidemic Update.” December 2001.

 

 

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