May 2, 2012

The internet, especially Twitter, was all ablaze over the news that HIV activist and survivor, Rae Lewis-Thornton had her honorary membership into Delta Sigma Theta rescinded.

Mrs. Lewis-Thornton took to Youtube to announce to the world what had happened and to express her profound disappointed to what she describes as a moment that completely 'blind-sided' her.
Mrs. Lewis-Thornton was in the middle of counting down the days to her 50 birthday (which is a really big deal for a person who has been battling HIV/AIDS since 1986) when she received the devastating news.

I realize there are always three sides to a story: her side, their side, and the truth, but you have to admit that maybe things could have been dealt with a little differently.  Rae Lewis-Thornton is a trailblazing, spitfire of a woman and she is deserving of respect.

I don't feel she was respected in this scenario.  I have absolutely nothing against DST.  I think it is a phenomenal organization that has thrived for almost 100 years, but that doesn't negate the fact that a wonderful woman like Mrs. Lewis-Thornton was treated in the manner that she was treated.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Lewis-Thornton, I implore you to check out her website and familiarize yourself with this warrior woman.

As a person who has lost love ones to HIV/AIDS, I have nothing but the utmost respect for Mrs. Lewis-Thornton.  So forgive me if this post appears a little biased because in all honesty is is.

Watch the video below and share your thoughts.


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