Dr. Anthony Fauci, the best known voice in the White House Coronavirus Task Force, says the surge in cases of coronavirus in the African American community reminds him of the challenges the LGBTQ community faced during the spread of HIV in the early 80s.
During last Tuesday’s White House press conference, Dr. Fauci drew a comparison between the HIV/AIDS crisis and the way systemic racism is manifesting with the coronavirus pandemic. “I couldn’t help sitting there reflecting about sometimes when you’re in the middle of a crisis, like we are now with the coronavirus, it really does … ultimately shine a very bright light on some of the real weaknesses and foibles in our society,” he began.
He went shared his experience during the HIV/AIDS crisis, saying, “If you go back then during that period of time when there was extraordinary stigma particularly against the gay community. And it was only when the world realized how the gay community responded to this outbreak with incredible courage and dignity and strength and activism — I think that really changed some of the stigma against the gay community. Very much so.”