Fascinating Article: ‘Colonialism Helped Launch HIV Epidemic in Africa’

A stunning article in the Washington Post shines a light on the connection between the early growth stages of HIV, and its coinciding with the West’s “Scramble for Africa” during the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.

Scientists have been able to trace the origins of HIV to Central Africa; and its initial outbreak to a bustling port city called Kinshasa. Colonialism in Africa created large, chaotic, bustling cities like Kinshasa; perfect breeding grounds for an epidemic.

The article asserts that without Colonialism, it is likely that HIV would never have reached even a fraction of the tens of thousands of people that is has reached.

The New Nigger


Good day niggaz, the non black niggaz that is. Though many black leaders push for the burial of the term, they have not done so on behalf of the other colonized races. A Black multi-cultural person will soon confront the taboo as a minority among members of another culture. This was the case for me when I went to an Indian birthday party. “Nigga” gets thrown all over the place, and it’s not in reference to the African brother. Black folks are expected to get defensive with such lingo, but the expectation changes when the odds of safety are not in your favor.  Relaxation forces itself as an alternative, and still, the discomfort does not escape. So what does this mean for the 21st century Black American?