People pass an Ebola awareness mural on October 2, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. More than 3,200 people have died in West Africa due to the epidemic. (John Moore/Getty Images Europe)

Ebola, HIV, and Faith

People pass an Ebola awareness mural on October 2, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia.
More than 3,200 people have died in West Africa due to the epidemic. (John Moore/Getty Images Europe)

On the heels of the 2014 United States Conference on AIDS in San Diego, I am struck by the response of African American faith communities to the spread of the Ebola virus. Black pastors and congregations around the country have expressed outrage about the lack of response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa until after three white Americans were infected with the virus. (Apparently, the black people of the world don’t matter enough to save.) So, where is the black church’s outrage about the ongoing HIV epidemic in the United States where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will become infected in their lifetime?

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