Sam, I don’t think that’s even a little bit crazy. I agree with you.

It’s not possible to be an American and not be profoundly touched by racism.

We live in a society built on racist foundations. We live in a society where certain physical traits like subtle skin tones or the perceived shape of a nose can say more about a person than their accomplishments or their potential.

Sure things are better than they were. In my mid fifties now, though, I’m certain I won’t live long enough to see the day when race stops being profoundly important in the US.

As a gay man and as someone who has devoted a large part of my life to fighting HIV, it frustrates me that race is making the fight harder.

It saddens and angers me that young black men are not seeing the same drops in new infection rates as young white men.

It saddens me to know a doctor in Detroit who spends much of his days treating people with AIDS who shouldn’t have AIDS. Not in today’s world. Not with PrEP and reduced prevalence, and good safer sex education so much more available than before.

I thank you for pointing out that simplistic tropes that everybody knows are true may not be good explanations for the problem.

Finding better explanations has to be a good start to attacking the problem.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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