One Less Nigger

There are just over 301 million people living in the United States.  About 1 million of those people have AIDS or HIV.  About half of those 1 million people are black.  A recent CDC report tells us that 1 out of 2 Americans living with HIV or AIDS is black. 

Half a million, or 500,000 doesn’t really seem like a lot.  You think to yourself, oh, that’s just like 500,000 people.  What are the chances of me knowing someone with AIDS?  How could I possibly catch HIV if it seems like so little people have it?

Don’t be a dummy.  Black people represent about 13 percent of the total population.  There’s really not that many of us.  You may think there are because wherever you live there are black people everywhere, but when you really think about it, we are not everywhere.  Do you know any of us living in the far reaches of Montana?  Wyoming?  The rural parts of Idaho?  What about the wealthy parts of Massachusetts or Connecticut?  Yeah, sure there’s probably one or two of us, but for the most part we live in urban cities, poor neighbourhoods, we live in the south, in heavily concentrated areas because most of us are too scared to step out of what we’ve always known.

But this is not an article about branching out.  This is an article on the killer among us.  According to these statistics, we are killing ourselves.  One out of every two Americans with AIDS or HIV is black. 

One out of every two Americans with AIDS or HIV is black.

Among black women aged 25-34 AIDS is the leading cause of death. Above heart attacks, diabetes, car accidents, drug overdose, murder, or anything else you can think of.  AIDS is killing black women.

Among black men aged 35-44, AIDS is the SECOND leading cause of death, second only to heart disease. So if you’re a young black male and you manage to not get shot dead in the streets by the time you’re 24, you can look forward to dying of AIDS.  FYI:  Homicide is the leading cause of death for black men aged 15-24. 

For all of you who think AIDS is some weird disease that only “other people” get:

In Washington, D.C., five (5) percent of the population is living with HIV or AIDS.  EIGHTY (80) percent of those cases are BLACK. The epidemic is so bad that researchers are comparing the black American problem with the chaos in Africa.  Last I checked, the United States is one of the more educated and wealthy countries in the world.  Almost all of us go to school; almost all of us are literate.  We have access to some of the best healthcare in the world, yet black people are catching AIDS and HIV at an alarming rate.  What is the problem?

Black people act like they are too cute to ask questions.  Black people act like there’s something wrong if you are well-informed or well-educated.  Many black people run from the chance to better themselves.  Black people do one of two things:  clown other black people who are trying to do something with themselves, or treat those black people like it is something out of the ordinary.  “Oh, you went to college!  Wow.”  When really it should be a common normal thing.  Black families should treat the one kid doesn’t  achieve as the weirdo instead of treating the one kid who did go like a superhero.  When white people who go to college, it’s like whatever.  When black people go to college, it’s like, “Oh my God…. I can’t believe it!”  We treat ourselves like a black person achieving the highest standard is an impossibility rather than the norm.

But black people are going to do what they want to do.

If you want to hump, then hump, but maybe you should ask him/her where they been and what they’ve been doing.  Maybe you might want to not share needles if you’re a drug user.  Matter of fact, why don’t you go to rehab so you can just cut the risk altogether?  Maybe you might want to spend a couple dollars on some condoms before you spend a fortune on drug cocktails and protease inhibitors, cause you know many of us do not have health insurance (because we don’t have good jobs that provide it).  Oh, the state will make sure you’re taken care of, but it won’t be the best care you could’ve gotten, and you can be sure the state doesn’t give a damn whether you live or die. 

If you die, that is just one less nigger to worry about, because they really don’t give a damn.  If you think they give a shit about you, keep in mind this information was always known to the CDC, but it was the Black AIDS Institute that is providing us with statistics more relevant to the black population of the United States.

If you think that AIDS or HIV is someone else’s problem, you’re a dummy.  As I mentioned before 80 percent of the AIDS and HIV cases in Washington, D.C. are infected black people. That’s the area we live in.  Washington is a little less than 50 miles from Baltimore, a few miles from P.G. County depending on where you live.  That increases your chances of coming across a black man or woman with AIDS or HIV.

So, for all of you DC kids, PG County weirdoes, or Baltimoreans who hop down to Love or H20 on a Friday night, think about how crowded it is.  Look around for a second when you are in the club one night.  How many people do you think are in the club?  FIVE (5) percent of the population has AIDS or HIV.  Eighty percent of those cases are black people, and who is hanging out in those clubs?  Black people!  And you’re thinking about picking someone up and hanging out for the night.  Good luck with that, and let me know how it turns out for you.

Most people who have AIDS or HIV are too ashamed to admit it.  Do you think your best friend is gonna be like, “Hey, girl, uhm, yeah, it’s so crazy, but I just came from the gyno and she said I had AIDS, but it’s no big deal or whatever.” Yeah, right.  You would be like, “Oh, uhm, yeah I got to go,” and then never answer your friend’s call again. 

My point is you just don’t know.  You have to inform yourself and you have to prepare yourself.  As I was reading this article, a woman in Washington DC said she got HIV from her boyfriend.  They were in a monogamous relationship, and she said she was pretty sure he wasn’t cheating on her, although you can never be too sure these days.  Apparently he had it from jump.  They wore condoms all the time except for one night, and that’s when she got it.  Supposedly he loved her, but never thought to tell her that he was HIV+.  Thanks for the gift, boo!  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

And you can’t even blame this problem on the white man.  We have to go to school just like white kids.  We learn how to read just like white kids.  We can get jobs and health insurance just like white people.  Hell, because of affirmative action and equal opportunity laws, if you put even the most minimal effort into it, you’re pretty much guaranteed access to a good school and a good job, unlike white kids.  So, in that respect, we have the advantage over them.  And then on top of that, most black people are so internally racist that they wouldn’t even consider dating/marrying/sleeping with a white person.  So, that pretty much means we’re doing it to ourselves.

I have said it before and I have said it again:  the American black population at large is pretty much the stupidest race on the planet.  We have the same opportunities as everyone else but we pretty much fuck ourselves over with ignorance and our own incompetence.  I don’t really care if you’re offended by that, because there’s nothing you could say to me that would make me change my mind.

If we aren’t killing ourselves in the streets, then we’re dying of AIDS.  I think that’s a wonderful way to thank our forefathers who were enslaved and our grandparents who marched in the streets for our rights.  “Thanks for getting me civil liberties, but I was looking forward to an AIDS infested future.” Why did Martin Luther King, Jr. even bother?  He should have just kept his dream to himself if we aren’t going to take advantage of our own rights.

It’s really time to wake the fuck up.  I wonder if we as a people ever look in the mirror and ask ourselves, “What am I worth?” Do we ever say to ourselves, “I want more out of life.” Do we ever get off our asses and do anything about it? 

According to these statistics, I’m gonna have to say no, and that’s what they want.

Just one less nigger to worry about.

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