Silence = Death 1986 Silence= Death Project. Poster also used as placard, T-shirt, button and sticker. “Why is Reagan silent about AIDS? What is really going on at the Center for Disease Control, the Federal Drug Administration, and the Vatican? Gay and lesbians are not expendable…Use your power…Vote…Boycott…Defend yourselves…Turn anger, fear, grief into action.”
When it came to AIDS, Ronald Reagan’s silence was deafening.
AIDSgate 1987 Silence =Death Project. Poster also used as placard and T-shirt “54% of people with AIDS in NYC are Black or Hispanic…AIDS is the No. 1 killer of women between the ages of 24 and 29 in NYC…By 1991, more people will have died of AIDS than in the entire Vietnam War…What is Reagan’s real policy on AIDS? Genocide of all Non-whites, Non-males, and non-heterosexuals?…
More than 20,000 Americans died before Ronald Reagan could bring himself to say the word AIDS in public because it was a “Gay Plague.”
No, let’s be clear, Reagan did not start the conversation about AIDS. History really does matter!
© Sally Edelstein and Envisioning The American Dream, 2016.