Last Wednesday ABC aired a news documentary on AIDS in the Black community.
Blackaids.org says this was the first national TV program (I guess they mean on broadcast TV, since there have been some on cable stations aimed at African Americans) on AIDS epidemic in African Americans.
Which would have been a good thing except as I watched I couldn't shake the feeling that this was just a new area wave around old stereotypes about Blacks. And in this cause that is of Black being over sexed animals.
I'm not sure where they got there information. But some of the stats they gave seemed really high. I'm not talking about the affection rate among African American I already know that high. It was things like when they talked about high much more Blacks are sexually active. I forget the number ( I want to say they said 14 times more) but it seem really high. It just make it seem that Black do nothing but have sex. Ok so as I type this I'm in the middle of an orgy...But that is not the point.
beside that it was the same old same old about the raise of AIDS among Black woman that if you watched, read, listen to any thing else that talked about AIDS among the African American community you would know.
I think the report (and many others that I've seen) focuses on African American women as it demonize Black men.
I think there may be a little to much focus on the Downlow. Because if the HIV rates among Black women are so high and the cause of the down low is (as these reports seem to say) the main cause then that means either
a) Every other Black man is really gay or bisexual and hiding it
b) Most Black women for really like gay/bisexual men
which is a bit hard to believe, but if most (60% primetime said) of the new causes are Black women then at least b is true or primetime's stats are a bit off.
of course if the numbers are so high for Black women then I would like to see them for Black men. It can't be 40% because there are other groups of people that still get AIDS/HIV
I think this was a long enough rant I may come back on it later though