Analysis of Paul Farmer´s AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame

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The content of Paul Farmer’s AIDS & ACCUSATION: Haiti and the Geography of Blame, was very boring to begin with. Quite literally, I was sleeping while reading the beginning of it. However, it did pick up towards the middle as it caught my interest; I found that the book was particularly funny. Before reading this book, I had no clue what I was in for other than the title and who would’ve guessed; the title says it all. It was actually about what the title said. The United States blames Haiti for the AIDS and vice versa. Although, Haiti didn’t start with that; the Haitians believed in sorcery and voodoo. The idea of anyone that has someone with ill intent or maliciousness towards them can cause them to become sick …show more content…
The thing is, this person has plenty of reasons to feel the way he does. Haitians were given a stereotype as some sort of diseased infector that can cause you to be sick with mere interaction. Hate mail was sent to all those that interacted with a Haitian, such as, “Hire a Haitian—Help Spread AIDS.” (Farmer 214) Oddly enough, I find myself sympathizing with them. The beating, metaphorically and quite literally (Farmer 214), that they had to endure wasn’t something to joke about. However contradicting that may have just sounded, the strength that the Haitians mustered to continue with their daily lives was quite admirable. One cab driver from Boston describes the situation of being discriminated against: “WE are slow to anger, even when they are insulting us. But these are rumors that are keeping us from living.” (Farmer 215) Going back to another thing I noticed that put me in awe, was the strong relationship the family had towards a kin with sickness. I found that even against all odds and to no avail, the family never stopped caring for each other. “A family will never deny the existence of one of their own because of a sickness. We are frightened of the illness because the Americans say that it came from us, and also because everyone knows there’s no hope. But that’s bi excuse for turning your back on family.” (Farmer 120) An example is from another person that Farmer had inquired about, Anita; even though she

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