There were arrests at Russian protests against Putin. Republicans aim for tax cuts. The Final Four is set for the NCAA basketball tournament. These are all on the front page of The New York Times’ national edition this morning. What’s missing? The Black girls who have vanished in Washington, D.C.
That’s what I thought to myself when I glazed over one of the most prominent publications in the country today. This past week I saw missing Black and Latina girls from the D.C. area all over social media. One post said that 14 girls had vanished in 24 hours. But as usual with foul play in the African American community, no one was talking about it besides people of color.
I started to think, “I can’t expect the same people who shoot our men dead in the street to find our girls.” But these juveniles of color couldn’t even get a 2 minute news segment? Thank God for social media or I wouldn’t have even known myself. Even Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey was given more coverage than these girls.
I knew I wanted to spread the word on Young, Black, and Opinionated, but not without getting the facts straight. And once I did my research, I realized there was more to the story. Inaccurate statements have been shared by celebrities and citizen journalists about the missing girls of D.C. Apparently, 14 girls did not go missing in 24 hours. The D.C. police has just been sharing missing persons fliers more frequently to get the word out. More on this and other misconceptions can be read here.
Despite the miscommunications about missing girls in D.C. one thing is true, no one’s looking out for us, but us. I don’t care if they ran away, were kidnapped, or trafficked. They’re still living breathing people and their safety matters. But it seems that our nation has bigger things to report on than the 500+ human beings who have disappeared in our captial this year.
I think this pisses me off so much because I’m listening to to a true crime podcast right now where a filmmaker cracked open a cold case of a white woman who has been missing in Georgia for 11 years. Mind you, this filmmaker has no relation to the woman. Just wanted to make a podcast and found her story interesting. Last week there was a break in her case. Missing for eleven years, people! There’s so much power in new emergent media like podcasts and social media. I’m proud that my people were quick to repost about the DC girls and raise awareness ’cause nobody else seemed to care.
I’ve said it before on here and I’ll say it again, Black women are the mule of society. If America were a totem pole, we would be at the bottom below white men, white women, and black men. Disagree if you want. That’s my opinion. Malcolm X described our neglect today best in 1962 , “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman.”