Commentary & Opinion
Obama, McCain Silent on HIV/AIDS Epidemic Facing the Black Community, Opinion Piece Says
August 5, 2008
The HIV/AIDS "plague has long been the single biggest health issue in poor black communities" in the U.S., which is "all the more reason" for presumptive presidential nominees Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) to "speak out on the crisis and spell out just what they will do about it," Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author and political analyst, writes in a New America Media opinion piece, adding, "So far they haven't done that." He writes that the candidates "have given countless speeches on the terrorism fight, the Iraq War, the Iran missile threat, immigration, the housing and banking crisis, a tanking economy and affordable health care," which are "crucial problems" facing the U.S. However, "as devastating as these problems are to many families, they do not pile up bodies and wreak catastrophic havoc on entire sectors of the population, mostly poor black communities" like the HIV/AIDS epidemic does, according to Hutchinson.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.