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HIV and African Americans

African Americans are only 12 to 14% of the population of the United States. Depending on who's figures you use.  The black community suffers move HIV infections that any other ethnic group.

 

The HIV rate in the black community is 8 times what it is in the white community.

 

According to the numbers from the CDC (Center for Desease Control). In the 2010 black people had 40% of the new HIV cases. Black men had 70% of all the new HIV cases. This is 7 times the rate suffered by white men, twice the rate of Hispanics and three times the rate of black women.

 

Black women had 29% of all new HIV cases. This was 20 times the rate of white women abd 5 times the rate of Latinos.

 

The question arises as to why does this condition exist? 

 

The first though is proverty. But, we look at the Latino community. They have a higher poverty rate than African Americans, but their HIV rate is not as high. THis indicates that although poverty plays a part, it is not the only factor. 

 

One of the key factors is the collaspe of the black family. Eighty percent of black households do not have a father in the home.  This is a condition that has developed and accelerated over the past few decades.

 

The effects a the black family unit being broken is showing in black prison population and numerous other social situations.

 

 

 

A Note on Black History

<Detroit was the site of the automobile manufacturing for America. But few people know that a black man, Mr Charles Richard Patterson holds the title of being the only African American Automobile manufacturer in the United States.

 

Mr. Patterson was an escape slave from Virginia, he was trained as a blacksmith on the plantation. He learned the trade very well. He later escaped sometime prior to the Civil War, and moved to Greenfield Ohio. He got a job as a black Smith and worked his way into owning the company. He produced a line of horse drawn carriages and wagons. In later years one of Mr. Pattersons sons attended Ohio State University. When returned to his fathers company he convinced Mr. Patterson to go into automobile manufacturing.

 

The company produced a numer of vehicles. But, the depression and the inability to attract investments caused the company to fail.  For more information look up the C.R. Patterson & Son Carriage Company of Greenfield, Ohio.  < New text box >>

African American Marines In World War ll

Montford Point Marine Black Marines in World War II

Montford Point Marines. These are some of the veterans of WWII. They where some of America's first black Marines. They where recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their dedication and service to the nation and the black community during World War II. 

 

 

These are members of the Montford Point Detachment of the Marine Corps League located at 13721 Joy Rd. Detroit, MI 48228, phone number 313-587-1206.  The detachment meets the third sunday of each month, and host a number of events, each FRIDAY THEY HAVE A "FISH FRY" 4pm to 8Pm, then you can enjoy music and socializing. To become a member you must be an honorably discharged Marine.

 

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