Bil Browning

9/11: The Gentrification of AIDS

Filed By Bil Browning | December 08, 2011 9:17 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: 9/11, gentrification, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS history, September 11, Twin Towers

"The deaths of these 81,542 New Yorkers, who were despised and abandoned, who did not have rights or representation, who died because of the neglect of their government and families, has been ignored. This gaping hole of silence has been filled by the deaths of 2,752 people murdered by outside forces. The disallowed grief of 20 years of AIDS deaths was replaced by ritualized and institutionalized mourning of the acceptable dead. In this way, 9/11 is the gentrification of AIDS. The replacement of deaths that don't matter with deaths that do."

-- Sarah Schulaman in her soon to be released book "The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Loss of Imagination" (Hat tip to JMG)

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