***Inspired by the recent and recurring black and brown girls that have gone missing in Washington D.C.
“If only the ‘missing girls’ of DC were actually missed. If only they were deemed valuable enough to be taken. If only… they weren’t little black and brown girls.
It’s something about being black and brown that makes you damn near invisible. We were always deemed “colored”, yet even in a world full of white spaces and faces we still cannot be found.
Regarded as “runaways” because they never loved us, and snatched up because they couldn’t admit their longing for us. Black and brown girls have disappeared, yet no one is looking for us.”
– As Told by HER, Hailey Elise
“The District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first three months of this year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, the city’s police force. . .Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. . . . . When we look at the overall picture of the missing, black people account for nearly 40 percent, while only making up 13 percent of the total population. The media coverage on the missing, however, is quite the opposite. The press is 4 times more likely to report when a white person goes missing vs. someone who is black or brown. These numbers are even more dire when the missing is a black woman.”