A wonderful read and addition the body of work surrounding the black body and the state. Great thoughts on HIV, BlaQueerness and State Violence.
by Timothy DuWhite
“The Negro death rate and sickness are largely matters of condition and not due to racial traits and tendencies.”
– W.E.B. Du Bois
I think I am suppose to start with a story, right? I mean, that is how this goes, correct? I was closeted. I didn’t think anyone loved me. My family is black, therefore homophobic, therefore incapable of offering me safety. He was five years older than me. I was eighteen and lonely. I loved him. He humored me. I didn’t wear a condom because I felt little reason to protect myself. If only I had someone to confide in. If only I loved myself more. I know better now. I would never want anyone to follow my same path. I am living through my mistakes. I am not my HIV. We can live long lives too. I won’t let this stop me. I will…
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