Today…February 21, 2015 marks 50 years since the assassination of Malcolm X, a man known and loved yet misunderstood by so many.
I won’t spend time in this article talking about Malcolm X except to say that I remember learning a great deal about the man while growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. I would learn much more about him many years later in my adult life.
Malcolm X is one of a number of Black men in American history whose life has always fascinated me. The book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X was required reading in my tenth grade class at West Philadelphia High School (Philadelphia). That was nearly forty years ago! My copy of the book – the very same used in high school – now with its fragile yellow pages and cover still intact, still sits proudly on my bookshelf.
America, no…the world today still needs a man with your vision and wisdom, Malcolm…yours and of course, Brother Martin’s (Martin Luther King, Jr.).
Continue to rest in peace, good brother, Malcolm.
“… Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood! …”
(Excerpt from the eulogy of Malcolm X, read by Ossie Davis at Malcolm’s funeral, February 27, 1965.)
The article is informative. Sadly however, on the heels of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (which was Feb. 7th), every picture in it is that of a White man. There’s necessarily nothing wrong with that since the author and/or publisher of the article were free to choose whatever photos they wanted for the article. However, for any print or on-line magazine to feature an article discussing safe or “safer” sex to lack the inclusion of photos of men from other ethnicities does – in my opinion, further support why there must be a National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day each year. As noted in my previous article on NBHAAD, HIV/AIDS information and prevention knowledge is for everyone, regardless of ethnicity. That includes information/knowledge on how to have safe/safer sex.
Aside from the choices in photos, I can’t help but find it curious as to why the article’s author Tyler Curry, a gay man who is HIV-positive and a respected LGBT activist and columnist, failed to mention other forms of “safer sex” such as: masturbation/mutual masturbation, frottage or “frot”(non-penetrative sex between sexual partners – male or female (aka “dry humping”) and of course, abstinence. Still, I’m posting the article link because Black men and other men of color can learn a thing or two from reading it. I – a HIV-negative person, certainly learned a few things – other than condom use, about which I already knew.
PLEASE NOTE: While HIV/AIDS information and prevention knowledge is important for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, statistics have always shown that Black people – and other people of color, tend to rate among the highest in world society who are infected with HIV, who don’t normally get tested and who go untreated.
This annual campaign is designed and promoted to encourage sexually active men and women of color to learn more – as in the FACTS about the virus, to get tested for HIV regularly, to learn and to know one’s personal health status where HIV – or any STD/STI virus for that matter, is concerned, to practice safe sex and to insist that one’s sexual partner do the same.