Southern-Big-Mouth-Belle Hollering About AIDS

Posted on October 31, 2010, by , under Uncategorized.

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Growing up in the south, in all my days, I had been told that having “a big mouth” was unbecoming. As much as you see Southerners hollering across the way at their neighbors in the movies…that’s just the movies. In reality polite Southerners mind their own business and most of us who grew up in the south understood sign language. From the finger over the lips to the furrowed brow, my mother had a way without words of conveying, shut up, to my siblings and myself. Especially for the girls, was it forbidden to talk loudly, scream, or God forbid, holler at the President of the United States.

The world is very different now.

Women holler, and sometimes people listen. Sometimes, it is the only time people listen. I’ve been hollering about the plight of women, minorities, and children in the HIV epidemic for more than 15 years.

Before AIDS was a public crisis, it was my personal obsession.

In 1988, in my high school annual, I wrote under secret ambition, “Cure AIDS.” In 1988, the biggest American-media driven event was the Iran-Contra Affair. The same year, my first known Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, wrote “Understanding AIDS.” I still have a copy.

It is 2010 (22 years and many deaths later) and AIDS is the number 1 killer of African Americans between the ages of 22- 45 and apparently the nation’s capital has one of the highest infection rates in the country.

I figure a few days before the mid-term election is probably a great time to voice your opinion about the cause for which you are most passionate. I watched the news as hecklers in Boston railed, instead of rallying, while President Obama attempted to address a crowd of at least 10,000 in support of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. The hecklers screamed out for more funding for AIDS, to which Obama replied, we have increased funding – further adding that the hecklers should heckle the Republicans – a diminutive, but pointed inference inviting the hecklers to check the record between the Republicans and the Democrats on AIDS funding.

Perhaps the hecklers were just being “good citizens” informing the President about the plight of his neighborhood – simply hollering across the way. He does reside in D.C.

All southern etiquette aside, I’m glad somebody hollered. Somehow, Mother’s sign language wouldn’t have had the same impact. Given the grave statistics, doesn’t it make you wanna holler?

14 Replies to "Southern-Big-Mouth-Belle Hollering About AIDS"

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Sundance  on June 14, 2011

I’m out of laegue here. Too much brain power on display!

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Retta  on June 15, 2011

That’s way the bestest anwesr so far!

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cardaddy  on July 14, 2011

Hey there! Where can I find additional information on this topic?

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Founder  on August 6, 2011

I like to go to the CDC’s official website for stats and up-to-date information about all public health crises, including HIV/AIDS, thanks for stopping by!
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/aa/

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Founder  on August 17, 2012

Thank you. I truly desire to become more accessible to get the word out on prevention as the best option against HIV infection, so I will definitely stop by your site for advice.

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Saeed  on October 22, 2012

Dear bobby townsend and aonhtny polimeni, my name is michael delgado and i was a stylist frm Allure salon I would just like to say thank you for letting me be a part of your organization for the day it was a wonderful experiace and thank your for letting me be a part of it ! you guys did a wonderful job and when you guys mentioned that it was a matter of thirty days what a great accoomplishment and great turn out ! also thank you for sharing your storys and educating me more about aids awareness and getting tested once again thanks much ! keep your head up and keep on doing what your doing! In best regards, Michael Delgado

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Founder  on December 7, 2012

Thank you Mr. Delgado, we exist because you stopped by! We inform because we care…LIVING LIGHT MINISTRIES NEEDS THE WORD SPREAD…AIDS IS STILL AN EPIDEMIC!

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Founder  on September 18, 2015

Thank you very much for stopping by!

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Anna  on October 16, 2015

by law some with hiv do not have to tell any one they have it . but they sould use glove. as bing a firefighter and emt when i have to work on some they do not have to tell me they have it so and it very very had to get from some one from ever day tgnhis. if you want to know more one sould look on the web or talk with your dc about hiv and we sould not put some down for having it keep then from geting a job.

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Founder  on December 14, 2015

I believe in full disclosure. There is a moral imperative if you are infected to give your partner A CHOICE to engage in relations or not. By taking the power of choice, you are putting someone at risk who should have been duly warned. It’s not fair and its not right.

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Brenda  on December 25, 2015

circumcision is absolutely the WRONG way to prvneet HIV/AIDS.There was a study largely ignored by the media and the people promoting this practice, and this study showed that men who HAD HIV already were MORE LIKELY to transmit the virus to women IF they were circumcised, compared with men who were not circumcised.This is an incredibly important fact, especially considering that without condoms and better education, men WILL get HIV and continue sleeping around.circumcision = DANGEROUS.

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Founder  on April 19, 2016

You may be right…any open areas where an exchange of blood might occur is potentially dangerous in terms of sexually transmitted diseases.

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