I originally saw this at Ace of Spades. Ace links to Florida Cracker. The original source though is the UW Daily.
A dark, knobby-headed silhouette featured in several UW-sponsored advertisements has sparked controversy and allegations of racism.
The figure depicts the HIV virus in human form in an ad for HIV Vaccine Trials Unit Seattle, sponsored by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the UW. The images show athletes and firefighters battling the figure in various locations including a boxing ring, a soccer field and on the street.
Along with publication in The Daily, the HIV vaccine ads have been featured in the Stranger, the Seattle Weekly and Metro Bus displays.
Several people said the ads had racist undertones because they used a figure resembling a black man with an afro to represent the deadly virus.
Even to communicate an important message, equating black people with disease and danger is highly offensive, said doctoral student Ebasa Sarka.
What a retard...