Opinion: Standing with Haitians

In 1982, the Centers for Disease Control named four groups at risk for HIV: hemophiliacs, homosexuals, heroin addicts and Haitians. The media scapegoated Haitians as being particularly susceptible to HIV/AIDS by virtue of their ethnicity.

Until the CDC admitted their mistake in 1985, many Haitian Americans lost their jobs or became unemployable. This HIV mythology has long been scientifically debunked, but it didn’t prevent Donald Trump from stating that “Haitians all have AIDS” in June 2017.

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