Where Is The Black Church In The Midst Of This AIDS Pandemic?

On CNN's "Reclaiming the Dream" special, during a discussion of HIV/AIDS in the Black community, Judge Penny Brown is asked how to get people involved:"We need to remove the shame" and the self-worth issues surrounding HIV/AIDS". She went on to say "The Black Church" should be at the forefront of this, just like we are with civil rights issues." Is this true?

Now HIV and AIDS was not initially viewed as a black disease, but at present,it could be. The rate of HIV and AIDS has reached epidemic proportions in the black community. Now only 13 percent of the American population, black people make up over half of all new HIV and AIDS infections. There is an obvious disconnect -- AIDS is the leading killer of African Americans ages 25 to 44, and over 82 percent of African Americans belong to a church. Why have the black faith community been muted around this issue? If by being mute did the black faith community allow the root of HIV to take hold in the community? Some are saying how the faith community lack of first responded to this epidemic 25 years ago have contribute to how's it view in the black community today" What do you think?

Now all Black Pastors are not silent about HIV/Aids in the black community. One of My favorite pastor of these last days is E. Dewey Smith out of Decatur Ga. Now Pastor Smith starts out by reciting facts on HIV amongst the black race and around the world.
"Im In Love with A Stripper"
Pastor E. Dewey Smith Jr.Greater Travellers Rest Baptist Church

Comments

  1. There is no gay disease or black disease. When will we ever learn.

    Black churches have improved on handling this subject. But, as a person who has lost more friends than I can count to AIDS, I can say that the Black church has acted totally irresponsible, judgemental, and absolutely un- Christlike when it came to AIDS. People were afraid to reach out or admit they were ill, and for good reasons. They were shunned by pastors and congregations. The one place someone afraid and possibly ill should be able to go for comfort and help is their church. The black church not only missed that opportunity but contributed to the stigma and inhumane attitude attached to AIDS.
    Now that the church realizes that AIDS is not a gay disease (it was ok when it was just gays who died) and has hit the general population hard, some churches have done a complete 360 about this. But, not before the loss of thousands. Yes, thousands. And now yes it's reached epidemic proportions.

    I don't mean to sound angry. But, I have seen our churches behave abominately to longtime church members and their families. It is a deadly part of black church history and a shameful one.

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