By Randy Shilts
A masterpiece of investigative reporting, And the Band performed On is the definitive heritage of the unfold of AIDS during the united states within the 1980's. Randy Shilts was once hired via the 'The San Francisco Chronicle' to hide homosexual concerns in 1981, the 12 months AIDS got here to overseas realization, and from 1982 Shilts dedicated himself to masking the tale of the illness and its scientific, social and political implications. Shilts asks: how was once this epidemic allowed to unfold to this point prior to it used to be taken heavily? widely researched, weaving jointly the non-public tales of these within the homosexual neighborhood and the scientific and political institutions with political and social reporting, he exposes how AIDS used to be missed, or denied, as a danger by way of many nationwide associations. And the Band performed On exhibits that the best future health challenge of the twentieth-century unfold wildly because the Federal govt positioned its finances sooner than public wellbeing and fitness whereas scientists have been usually extra occupied with protecting their status than saving lives.
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We’ve all heard of the yellow triangles the Jews were forced to wear for identification. Do you know the other colors that were used? Brown triangles identified gypsies and those of Roman descent. Purple triangles were worn by Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholic priests, and Christian leaders who ran afoul of the government. Black triangles marked one as a vagrant—worn by any person lacking documentation when asked for proof of a permanent address. indd 35 9/23/11 4:02 PM How Do You Kill 11 Million People?
23 Similarly, history is merely a broad version of our individual lives: Do we see a pattern in our good choices? Do these good choices lead to good results? Of course they do; therefore, let us continue to make choices just like those good ones that proved beneficial to our lives. On the other hand, do we see a pattern in some bad choices we have made? Did those bad choices seem to connect the miserable dots that sank our life’s results ever lower? indd 51 9/23/11 4:02 PM A Conversation with Andy Andrews did; therefore, let us determine that we will never make those choices again.
Unfortunately, we have all known smart people who have done foolish things. As a group, when more than one hundred million of us don’t bother to vote in a federal election, it certainly underscores the “apathy” portion of a nation’s fatal sequence. So are we too trusting? Probably. Are we downright gullible? I’m afraid evidence might support that assertion. But are we fools?
And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the Aids Epidemic by Randy Shilts