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Can you think of any high profile cases of missing minorities? Why do you think these cases get so little attention?

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Missing People of Color Don't Make Headlines: What 2 Moms Are Doing About It

by April Daniels Hussar

Justice Page, Missing Since: Feb 18, 2013
Justice Page, Missing Since: Feb. 18, 2013
When you think of famous missing persons cases in America, what pops into your mind? If you’re like me, probably Natalee Holloway, Caylee Anthony, Laci Peterson, or Jaycee Dugard -- four people whose terrible stories all have different endings, but who share one thing in common: the color of their skin. But have you ever heard of Tamika Huston, a 24-year-old African American woman who disappeared from her apartment in 2004, or 14-year-old Justice Page (pictured here), missing from her home in Silver Spring, Maryland since mid-February of this year?

Probably not -- and that’s exactly what motivated Derrica and Natalie Wilson, two moms and sisters-in-law, to start the Black and Missing Foundation, a non-profit geared toward helping minority families find their missing loved ones.

The story on the inspiration behind the Wilson sisters' mission left me both frustrated and inspired -- what an eye-opening read! Derrica Wilson, who’s from the same town in South Carolina as Huston, was devastated to see how difficult it was for Huston’s family to get the media’s attention over their missing girl. "It was painful watching them struggle for any kind of media coverage -- local or national," Wilson said. "This could have been one of my family members." Heartbreaking.

A year later, Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba, and you know the story -- we’re STILL talking about it. So, Wilson, a longtime cop who currently works as an investigator for a D.C. agency, teamed up with her sister-in-law Natalie Wilson, a PR expert, to launch the non-profit that has so far helped locate more than 113 missing people -- 71 of them alive.

How incredible is that? These are just two "regular" women, both of whom have their own families and full-time jobs. They donate their time, energy, and own money to making a difference in the world, helping to right a terrible injustice, and reuniting missing people with their families, or -- sadly but importantly, helping them find closure and answers. In a recent interview with Ebony.com, Derrica says that she and Natalie are "mothers first," and that she is often haunted by the stories they come into contact with, especially the missing children. 

Currently, Black and Missing Foundation has 2,000 open cases they’re working on. A drop in the bucket, but what a powerful drop. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Department of Justice, 2,000 children are reported missing in America EVERY SINGLE DAY. And the Wilson sisters’ foundation reports that of the 661,593 people reported missing last year, about 40 percent of those were minorities.

That’s a horrifying number of people, amounting to a whole lot of scared, heartbroken family members. Of course, every missing persons case can’t make headline news (unfortunately). But there’s something really wrong when the ONLY ones who do make the news are white.

I can’t even imagine the horror of my child going missing, or my sister, or anyone I love -- but how much more awful it would be if no one would pay attention to my plight, or help me, because my loss wasn't perceived to be as newsworthy. These women are my heroes.

Can you think of any high profile cases of missing minorities? Why do you think these cases get so little attention?

by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Probably the same reason Black on Black crime isn't getting any attention, whatever reason that one thinks it is.

Minorities are killing each other in staggering numbers in Chicago and sadly we hear nothing about that.

Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

This reminds me of a South Park episode a little girl was missing and they though she was white turns out she was Mexican and as soon as they found out everyone stopped caring. It's sad but true. 

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM
There was a little black girl missing from Kansas City last week all over the news. I think they found her pretty quickly though.

Where I live a little black boy was kidnapped and it was all over our news and the amber alert went across our tv 3 times. He was thankfully found later that night
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Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Hey I missed you. 


And I agree 100%.

Quoting charleyd68:

I am so glad you brought this up! Currently there is a post asking why acts of "alleged reverse racism" gets little media coverage. Outrage for little media exposure. but not for the little boy who was a victim and then died!

It remains to be see if the two boys that bullied the victim did it because of his race,or because he was viewed as a target. And I for one am sick of the insinuation that minorities control the media,or that we don't care if a non-minority is the victim, We are ALL GOD'S children!!!!.The "people"who point such things out are very obvious,IMO and the agenda is clear, when you point out BET,and neglect MTV your white sheets are showing. But just like your article states minorities missings don't grab head lines,most don't make it to the milk carton, and no one knows,so who is looking for them? I myself was dissuaded from putting out an amber alert when two of my Sons(two separate incidents)went missing,the police were more concerned about the paper work! I don't know why it happens,but I don't think any child that's missing should be ignored!


Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM
Anyways... Yes I can list missing minority cases but I agree they don't get as much coverage.

Then you have Nancy Grace promoting cases like Caylee Anthony & Natalie Holoway... Ugh
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Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Do you know that the same day Elizabeth smart went missing a 5 year old black girl also went missing. Guess which one got more attention.

la_bella_vita
by Bella on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:28 PM

 The only one I can think of is the Carlina White case.

la_bella_vita
by Bella on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

 I think it's sad not ALL cases get the same amount of attention. Every child missing is a HUGE deal IMO

krysstizzle
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

The only reason I know this is because of Dave Chappelle. Seriously. :/


Quoting Citygirlk:

Do you know that the same day Elizabeth smart went missing a 5 year old black girl also went missing. Guess which one got more attention.


romanceparty4u
by Bronze Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Sometimes, the lack of cooperation and sharing, communicating, and support, is lacking in the Black community. I see this quite often in missing cases. I share those posts on my wall, and not ONE person of color bothers to share as well....they move on, disregard, don't care, and don't help. I don't know the reason for this....but all people should be sharing these posts, not just certain people, regardless of color.

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