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The Stigma of Sandy: Sound Familiar?

November 5, 2012

"People who didn't evacuate are stupid ... careless ... a danger to others ..."

Ringing any bells?

They were in denial ... selfish ... thought they were invulnerable.

Here we go again.

Prevention justicians, you know it goes deeper than that.

We've learned that blaming or shaming people for individual behavior that can lead to HIV infection won't get us out of this epidemic.

Blaming, shaming or defaming those who were in the path of Hurricane Sandy takes the spotlight away from where it needs to shine brightest: on the policies that have led to the non-creation or non-implementation of plans to safeguard a warming coastline while resources go to making NYC a playground for the wealthy ... on the relentless perfect storm of discrimination, inequity and greed that fuels the vulnerability of people of color, queers, disabled people and immigrants not only HIV infections but further marginalization in the face of a natural disaster ... and on the submerged histories of economics and politics that isolated the poor, the elderly and disabled in remote locations like Far Rockaway that are easily cut off from resources.

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See Also
Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma & Discrimination
What Does HIV/AIDS Stigma Look Like in Your Life?
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