By Adam M. Geary (auth.)
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1 I take this statement to indicate that discourses of pathology and geography in dominant AIDS knowledges function ideologically in a “coherent narrative” to obfuscate the material structuring of vulnerability to disease and illness in concrete locations. Race—the discourse of bio- and socio-pathology—naturalizes the structuring of relations of inequality and domination that produce the conditions of disease vulnerability and their embodiment. 2 Importantly, Marshall does not refuse location per se.
While antiblack racism causes blacks to experience poverty at higher rates than nonblacks and to experience more intense poverty, as with other health conditions affecting black Americans, poverty in itself does not account for health disparity. Not only does attention to the racial dynamics of the US AIDS epidemic R e t h i n k i n g A IDS i n B l a c k A m e r i c a 25 highlight the importance of antiblack racism in structuring poverty but also the role of extra-economic, antiblack state violence in organizing vulnerability to HIV.
5 In Shilts’s drama, a single agent (the French-Canadian airline steward Gaetan Dugas who joined medical infamy by being labeled, “Patient Zero”) introduced HIV to an overheated underworld of gay sex and drug use, supposedly infecting hundreds of people before succumbing to advanced HIV disease. The narrative is a breathtaking rush through advanced-world decadence, governmental indifference, and community denial, but it is also essentially a narrative about contact and networks. Three factors allow HIV to travel: nonknowledge, modern transportation, and dense sexual networks.
Antiblack Racism and the AIDS Epidemic: State Intimacies by Adam M. Geary (auth.)