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No AIDS In The White Community

“[The] Black AIDS Institute reported that if African-Americans with HIV/AIDS were their own country, they would make up more HIV/AIDS cases than seven of the countries currently receiving emergency funding for… AIDS. Think about that. There are almost 600,000 African-Americans living with HIV, and there are still 30,000 newly infected cases every year. As things stand now, AIDS remains the leading cause of death among African-American women between the ages of 25 and 34, and the second-leading cause of death among African-American men between 35 and 44 years of age.”

“As Jesse Milan, board chair of the institute, said, ‘When the world wasn’t looking, the AIDS epidemic refused to go away.’ AIDS has always been a disparate African-American problem. Even at the beginning of this epidemic in the United States, when there were only a few thousand cases, more than a quarter of them were among African-Americans.”

“Today, 47% of the HIV cases in the United States are in African Americans, even though African Americans make up only 13% of the population. If you peer deeper into certain cities, you find of all the HIV cases in Washington DC, 80 percent are among African Americans. In Jackson, Mississippi – 84%.”Doctor Sanjay Gupta

Mr. Gupta went on to say that the AIDS rates in the Latino community is also on the rise. Although Hispanics make up about fourteen percent of the population, they account for about twenty two percent of new diagnoses tallied as reported by federal officials in 2006. Mr. Gupta never mentioned what rates or numbers were for the white community or how much of a problem it truly is. It appears that this disease isn’t an issue for the country until it becomes a problem for the non white communities. So I decided to go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for myself to get the information I wanted.

According to the table I found (click here), at the end of 2006 there were 439,693 cases of HIV/AIDS in the United States. Of this total 154,495 cases are in the white community and 191,590 cases are in the black community. That’s a breakdown of 35% for the white community and 44% for the black community.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a state by state breakdown for 2006 (click here for access to all the 2004 tables). I had to go back to the 2004 tables to find a breakdown across the states, District of Columbia, and other United States territories such as Guam and Puerto Rico. While it is true that areas like Washington, D.C. and the state of Maryland can have black infection rates of about eighty percent of all cases, I discovered that states like Montana, Maine, Idaho, and Oregon will have white infection rates that can go as high as ninety percent. Would Mr. Gupta be willing to go public and say that there are areas where white infection rates are so high that they mimic what is happening in some of the worse places in Africa? Would the good doctor be willing to say that the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the white community appears to be just behind the numbers for the black community? Is anybody making the claim that if white people were their own country they would out number six of the countries currently receiving funding for HIV/AIDS?

I went through the numbers and added them all up in a spreadsheet. In between 2001 and 2004, over a four year time span, there were 365,444 new infection cases of HIV/AIDS in the white community and 360,860 cases in the black community, a virtual tie. And yet, at the end of 2006, there are only 154,495 white people living with HIV/AIDS and 191,590 black people with the disease were still alive at the same time. Although the black cases are high, higher than the numbers in the white community, it is far less than the six hundred thousand reported by Mr. Gupta. Nevertheless, it could be assumed that even with more access to better healthcare, more white people appear to be dying from the disease than black people.

But Mr. Gupta was not talking about numbers, he was talking about rates. Black people are only thirteen percent of the population but make up forty four percent of cases. Therefore, black rates are many times that of white people who only make up thirty five percent of cases and about seventy percent of the population. Rates are the only things that matter.

And if Mr. Gupta was truly a man of medicine, which implies he’s a man of science, he might have put some context on these numbers. Poverty plays a large role in the proliferation of this disease. A lack of education and a lack of opportunities play significant roles in the spread of HIV/AIDS. A lack of healthcare and a lack of family planning are huge factors. And all of these contributing factors runneth over in the black community.

But what’s the objective of Mr. Gupta’s story? Is he actually trying to help the black community or is his objective is to reinforce the stereotypical negative sentiment most people associate with black people and our behavior? Where was Mr. Gupta when HIV/AIDS was more prevalent in the white community? Did Mr. Gupta ever do a program where he talked about how the white community is so ravaged? Why is the black community his sole focus for this disease? Are we to believe that white people do not suffer from HIV/AIDS?

And why the focus only on HIV/AIDS? According to the Florida coroner that examined the body of Martin Lee Anderson, latent sickle cell traits are killing fourteen year old black males in boot camps. Why isn’t Mr. Gupta advocating something being done about all of these so-called dangerous latent sickle cell traits? Or how about a little help bringing attention to the black community’s susceptibility to hypertension or diabetes? Better yet, why doesn’t Doctor Gupta do something to help the black community obtain something that resembles racial equality in America instead of contributing to the negative stereotypes that makes the black community the subject of everything bad?

HIV/AIDS is a problem for the entire country. No one should be focusing on any single segment of the population. Any modern man of science who tries to give solace by saying only black people are a problem is a fraud and a quack. Mr. Gupta needs to hang his head in shame.

Monday, August 4, 2008 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black in America, Black Men, Black People, Black Women, CNN, Health, Life, Philosophy, Racism, Thoughts

9 Comments »

  1. brotherp,

    It’s hunting season (like it never wasn’t) for the negroe in this country.
    We’re always the topic of discussion when it come to pointing out our dilemma’s. Yet, they never discuss the causes for these situations. It’s like they want people to really believe that we’re just run’n around screw’n each other passing AIDS and shit…
    It’s like DAMMIT PEOPLE there is a reason. ARe we gonna kkeep talking about it or are we gonna do anything about it. I guess as long as we’re “talking” about it we/they don’t have to do anything about it.
    The message they send to us is… Ya’ll on ya’ll on. We not gonna hire you, we not gonna do shit for you… and while we’re at it we’re gonna start taking away the shit we put in place to help… well pull yourself up by your bootstrap…

    Well if we could import some slaves for a few hundred years pass that wealth from generation to generation and make laws to prevent “competition”, maybe we’d be better off too.

    Comment by Damien | Monday, August 4, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback Damien,

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, August 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. This is so true. The purpose of his attention is not to help or to educate blacks as a lot of them do not put much stock into CNN. He is definitely out spreading the propaganda thicker than a kid alone with the peanut butter and jelly.

    There was an outcry from the gay and lesbian community to stop calling AIDS a gay disease. And now Gupta (I won’t give him the respect of Dr.) feels totally comfortable labeling it the black disease. Soon they will be calling it the black scourge.

    You know they did this with crack, now AIDS and crime. When are they going to focus on whites and meth, skin cancer and white collar crime. I believe they are waiting for meth to become a black product and for blacks to start dropping dead from skin cancer and don’t worry about blacks and white collar crime, that isn’t about to be allowed.

    We need to stand up and stop just accepting these labels. We need to do exactly like the gay community and tell them that this is NOT a black disease. And if they are trying to help then get some damn healthcare to the black community. And it wouldn’t hurt to have some education while your at it.

    Thanks BrotherP.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Monday, August 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the feedback theblacksentinel,

    But no disease is ever referred to as a white disease. Skin cancer may affect a disproportionate number of people in the white community. But it would never be called a white disease. There is never a stigma associated with being white.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, August 4, 2008 | Reply

  5. Well stigmatising the black community is never a problem for the mainstream media, scapegoating a minority is nothing new , it’s lazy. from the religious pogroms of the tenth century to these lazy habitual liars, they want to simplify life and this is how they do it.
    in england where i live, there was news covereage when small largely white seaside twon of st ives had a cluster of hiv diagnosis. the people they interviewed were astounded that hiv could happen in a place like their town.
    they all assumed that it happened only to other people far away people who lived in places like the tropics ( read black people) and they all seemed not to want to acknowledge that they had been given the infection by a white person. funny that.

    whiteness is like a fortress that some assume is inpenetratable. they are wrong. we are all human.

    Comment by louise | Monday, August 4, 2008 | Reply

  6. Thanks for the feedback louise,

    And I stand corrected. HIV/AIDS is not a national problem. It is a global problem that affects all people regardless of ethnicity. When we start pointing the figure at one particular group, we lose sight of the magnitude of the problem. We are all human and we need to face this problem, like any other problem that impacts us all, together!

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, August 4, 2008 | Reply

  7. This is very interesting, it seems that white folk have no aids problems in America, or no one talks about the subject.
    What percentage of the white population in America have Aids? this also needs to be published.

    Thank Bob Harris

    Comment by Bob Harris | Monday, August 4, 2008 | Reply

  8. Aids was also meant to wipe out white people also. Look at Russia and all the the white people who have died. Eddie murcery had sex with a lot of white people and they have all been wiped out.

    Comment by billy | Saturday, March 16, 2013 | Reply

  9. Glad this study was put on the web because i have always known that whites had MORE or just about the same rate of AIDS tht blacks have.

    If you leave it to whites, the will have the whole world thinking that NOT A SINGLE WHITE HAS AIDS, ADDICTED TO DRUGS, OR COMMIT CRIMES.

    Comment by NeGROS WAKEUP | Saturday, July 27, 2013 | Reply


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