Black and missing, good reading

My blog is relatively new. With that said, I never thought I would find so many other blogs to look at, read, and be inspired by.

I was trolling for new blogs, and came across feministing.com, and although I am still trying to get around to looking at all the interesting articles on the site, I ran across this interview with Deidra, about missing black women and the media coverage they receive vs. missing white women.

Here’s part of the interview:

Why do you think the media “doesn’t step up” to expose missing black women? And what do you see as the bigger picture—if any at all—that is behind missing women in the U.S.?

I think this is a question we need to ask the media. The way the media is going right now, it seems like they think that Paris Hilton, Michael Vick, and Ving Rhymes’s dog is more important than Stepha Henry and other missing black females. It is as if they are saying that if you don’t fit into the right demographic then your life does not matter.

For example, look at the missing pregnant Ohio woman, Jessie Davis [now deceased, white]. She got much more coverage than Latoyia Figueroa [now deceased] who was black. Stepha Henry, who went missing before Jessie Davis, is still missing. Yet Natalee Holloway, a young white female, got more exposure than her, and the media continues to cover Natalee’s case from time to time—more than two years after her disappearance.

Frustrating isn’t it? I think the media has some serious questions to answer.

Did this make you think? What if it were one of us who had a sister or mom missing? Would we care more about this?

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