Media neglects missing black, Hispanic, Indigenous and Asian women
While hundreds of BIPOC women (black, indigenous, people of color) go missing every year, the information disseminated and disseminated is muted compared to that of missing white women. One such viral phenomenon even has a name: “Missing White Woman Syndrome,” describing the fascination with current affairs advocacy to find white women who have disappeared.
Take the case of Gabby Petito, a popular vlogger who disappeared after traveling across the country with her boyfriend. The story of the young blonde woman went viral, sparking tips and theories, and ultimately leading to the discovery of her body. Ms Petito’s fiancÃ©, Brian Laundrie, who refused to speak to authorities, is still missing.
Yet the missing and murdered BIPOC women rarely receive the same attention, if any.
Currently, 51 black women are missing in Chicago. Father Michael Pfleger, an anti-violence activist in the Chicago area, recently noted: âThe the value of life depends on your race and color. “
As he sends his condolences to the Petito family, he is furious that missing black women don’t get as much publicity or interest as missing white women. âWhere is the outrage? Where is the commitment? Where? Where is the press conference for law enforcement and city officials to say “we’re going to find the roots of it all?” “”
Lynnette Gray Bull, an advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women, agrees.
“It’s a little heartbreaking, when you look at a white woman who is missing and able to get so much immediate attention. It should be the same, if an African American person is missing, or a Hispanic person is missing, a Native Americanâ¦ we should have the same type of equal efforts that are made in these cases, âGray Bull said. .
Yet, there is little equity when it comes to missing BIPOC women.
Over the past 10 years, more than 400 Indigenous women have gone missing in Wyoming, where Ms Petito’s body was found. Still few, if any, have grown in importance to the national narrative on missing and exploited people.
Sadly, the same goes for black women who disappear. âWhen it comes to missing people of color – men, women and children – our cases are not taken seriously,â Derrica Wilson of the Black and Missing Foundation said in an interview. “Nobody is looking for us if we were to disappear.
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