Final Analysis

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April 23, 2018

Introduction to African American Inequality in AIDS

Table of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Problems targeting African Americans causing HIV/AIDS
  3. Numbers By Group
  4. Conclusion
  5. Poster
  6. Works Cited


A picture of the entire panel of Gil Scott-Heron from the AIDS Quilt, which was founded by the Names Project in 1985 in San Francisco. The Names Project was created by founder Cleve Jones, when planning a march, learned that more than 1,000 San Franciscans had been lost to AIDS. In their honor, he asked his fellow marchers to write the names of those friends and loved ones on placards and carry them in the march. At the end of the march, Jones and other participants taped the placards to the walls of the San Francisco Federal Building. It was this action, the creation of a wall of names with its resemblance to a patchwork quilt, which gave birth to the idea for The AIDS Memorial Quilt and eventually, The NAMES Project Foundation(

Gil Scott-Heron’s quilt is one of many great African American activists featured in the Names project.  All of these activist’s panels portrayed one thing, the common cause to fight for the African American race and the inequality and sufferance that has been given to them. Gil Scott-Heron’s panel however spoke to me in a way that the other panels did not.  For being such a influential and well known person Gil Scott-Heron’s panel did not have much information or adornment compared to other panels. The pictures shown however proves how important the concept of Pan-Africanism and shining a spotlight on the problems of African Americans was to Gil Scott Heron. He challenged the idea of inequality throughout his work, and I will show it in regards to AIDS.

African American people have been overlooked and undervalued as a population for a long time. In regards to AIDS this is still the case even though they are the biggest and most affected population. In 2014 in a report done by the CDC, African Americans accounted for nearly half of the estimated population with AIDS with over 3,000 more cases than any other race. Despite these numbers there is still no support or help for the case of the African American people. Even within the community, it is not encouraged to get tested even if you can afford it. The poverty, drugs, limited sexual networks, and institutionalized racism are all factors that cause the cases of HIV/AIDS within the African American race to increase or not improve. All of these factors could be decreased or helped by the greater community but African Americans are consistently overlooked and it shows. There is a crisis in the African American community that needs to be discussed.

In my analysis I will be discussing the problems facing the African American people causing them to be more liable to contract HIV/AIDS and going in depth with each problem. I will then demonstrate how AIDS affects each subgroup of African American people such as women, young adults, heterosexual and gays. Lastly, I will also provide  a conclusion of all the information given.