66,000 BLACK WOMEN ARE CURRENTLY MISSING IN THE UNITED STATES… WHY IS THE MEDIA IGNORING THIS?
— Black Marvel Girl (@BlackMarvelGirl) March 11, 2017
*A series of viral tweets is bringing attention to 10 young people of color who were reported missing in Washington, D.C., over the past 10 days.
As Teen Vogue reports, on Sunday night, Twitter user @BlackMarvelGirl tweeted photos and information about eight black teenage girls who have gone missing in the Washington, D.C., area over the past week. The post went viral in less than 12 hours.
The city of Washington, D.C., is reportedly plagued with an epidemic of missing young people, specifically young women, and at one point in January 2017, there were as many as 15 open cases involving missing girls in the area at one time, FOX 5 reported.
Meanwhile, media outlets remain silent about these disappearances… and we all know why. Again, the victims are people of color.
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The Root also notes that other than local news outlet mentions and tweets from the Washington, D.C., police department, major media outlets can’t be bothered reporting about these victims.
Currently, 15-year-old Jacqueline Lassey, 13-year-old Yahshaiyah Enoch, 15-year-old Antwan Jordan, 15-year-old Juliana Otero, 15-year-old Dashann Trikia Wallace, 13-year-old Aniya McNeil, 15-year-old Dayanna White, 16-year-old Talisha Coles, and 15-year-old Morgan Richardson are all still missing.
Why aren’t larger outlets talking about these teenagers as well as this pattern?
Yesha Callahan of The Root asks how often cases like this are given the spotlight in comparison with cases featuring young, attractive white women. PBS reporter Gwen Ifill was the first to coin this style of reporting “missing white woman syndrome.”
This occurs when the mainstream media gives preference to covering cases involving young, attractive white women from the middle-class or upper-class rather than people of color.
If you have information on the missing teenagers, call the Washington, D.C., Police Department at (202) 727-9099.