As we move into a season prepared to dismantle and disrupt the incoming administration, we have to take a minute and make a conscience effort to be mindful of the impact of change. Martin Luther King Jr. made it clear his belief on the provision of care for all. HIV and its devastation has undergone tremendous change over the past 30 years, but the epidemic is not over. People, due to lack of resources and and education, continue to struggle with healthcare costs and getting the necessary support to manage chronic illnesses.
Martin Luther King said, “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.”
We must continue our fight for care for all. We cannot afford to let dissection and disconnection take away the gains we have made. We see now, that poverty and lack of access affects Blacks and Whites, gay and straight, women and men. In today's new society, we can't leave one man down. We must fight for affordable treatment, appropriate housing, and universal healthcare for all. And we must look through the lens of our fellow citizens to ensure that no life is discarded, even those that we don't agree with.
Let's keep fighting people, together.
Dena Gray Hughes owns Concept 2 Resource, a consulting firm, and currently serves as interim executive director for Triangle Area Network in Beaumont, Texas.