“My sister text me at 1:44 am on 03/23/17 to share something she had recently written, inspired by the lack of coverage that Black and Latina women have received in the media. Having to create a hashtag to help the world realize that young women are disappearing, it’s beyond infuriating. Young, non-white women, to be more specific. How can a nation see this is happening, repeatedly, and ignore it? Are we that unaware?
As a young, non-white woman, I would hope that if I disappeared, along with 10 or more women, in a very short time frame, that were young and non-white, that my city, my state, my country, would be concerned. I am not naïve enough to even think that I would garner more attention than someone who doesn’t look like me, however, that doesn’t change the fact that this is unacceptable.
I have grown so miserably tired of watching these trends and feeling like I need to create a nationwide movement to get any help on things as simple as this. How difficult is it to find a picture of someone that is missing and use at least 10 seconds of a TV broadcast to alert the public?Am I supposed to believe that society cares that little for the people that are in the minority?
Enough is enough!
We have families, lives, ambition, desires, goals. We contribute to this world. We entertain. We work. We create. We are present. We are important. We are someone’s child. We are just like everyone else.
So, why in the world are we being treated as if we are none of those things? Why do we need to create a hashtag to get someone to notice we’re missing? I know why and so does America – because they don’t care.”
Ponder on that. -As Told by HER, Whitney
“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.”