Ashamed to Die
Silence, Denial, and the AIDS Epidemic in the SoutheBook - 2011
"By focusing on a small town in South Carolina, this study of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the South reveals the hard truths of an ongoing and complex issue. Skerritt contends that the United States has failed to adequately address the threat of HIV and AIDS in communities of color and that taboos about love, race, and sexuality-combined with Southern conservatism, white privilege, and black oppression-continue to create an unacceptable death toll. The heartbreak of America's failure comes alive through case studies of individuals such as Carolyn, a wild child whose rebellion coincided with the advent of AIDS, and Nita, a young woman searching for love and trapped in an abusive relationship. The results are most visible at the town's segregated burial ground where dozens of young black men and women who have died from AIDS are laid to rest. Not only a call to action and awareness, this is a true story of how persons of faith, enduring love, and limitless forgiveness can inspire others by serving as guides for poor communities facing a public health threat burdened with conflicting moral and social conventions"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Lawrence Hill Books, , ©2011
Branch Call Number: 362.196 Sk
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 306 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations