The media airs stories it thinks people will want to read. Black children are consistently undervalued by society. Relisha Rudd was one of the few black children to make national news. Her grandmother, Melissa Young, hands out flyers with her picture on them. It is difficult to find her, but she still makes it as far as she can, despite the fact that she is a black child.
Cases of missing black children
Statistics indicate that one third of all cases of missing children are Black, and yet, Black children represent less than 20% of those reported. One reason may be the strained relationship between the Black community and law enforcement. Many families lack resources to search for their missing children. Others simply do not know what to do. This article explores some of the issues surrounding missing Black children. It also examines the issues surrounding missing white children.
The media is often less likely to cover missing black girls or boys, but a recent case in Tennessee featured a three-year-old white girl and two black children. The case received national attention, with nearly 700 people scouring the area. Sadly, the statistics show that black children are more likely to go missing than white children, despite the lack of racial diversity. But the disparity in media coverage is not the only factor. Critics point to a lack of reporting on black children, pointing to stereotypes about African Americans. Among these stereotypes are that black people are more likely to have criminal associates, be involved in drugs, and live in neighborhoods where crime is high.
While the lack of media coverage is a factor, the problem has not disappeared, and many of the cases are underreported by police. In addition to under-reporting, police departments are reluctant to invest time and resources in investigating these cases, which often leaves families without the information they need to help their missing loved ones. Despite these difficulties, however, advocates and organizations are continuing their efforts to raise awareness of the problem.
Cases of missing black women
Every year, tens of thousands of Black girls and women go missing in the United States. Of these, nearly 100,000 were reported missing in 2016. Despite the high number of reported missing cases, they rarely make national news. One journalist in California hopes to change that by telling the stories of Black women who go missing. Her hope is that by raising awareness and spreading the stories of missing Black women, she can help bring justice to these victims.
While there are many cases of missing Black girls around the country, it is rare to see the same amount of attention as those of white women and men. Missing black girls are more often classified as runaways, which deflects the focus from public safety to personal responsibility. This disparity can be partly attributed to stereotypical ideas about African Americans, including that they are drug dealers, involved with gangs, or live in high-crime areas.
Many of these women have a background in gangs and have disappeared as a result. These cases are often ignored by police, who tend to prioritize gangs over families. The media ignores the stories of missing Black girls and women and do not give them the attention they deserve. This situation is a result of decades of anti-Black policies. Alexandria Onuoha, director of political advocacy for community organization Black Boston, told Boston Public Radio Tuesday about the rising number of black women, girls, and young women being missing in the United States. She also noted that state action on this issue has been slow and that part of the problem is due to a lack of data collection.
Many people may have heard about these tragic cases, but the truth is that Black women fare worse than their white counterparts. Moreover, Black women suffer disproportionately from violence compared to their white counterparts. Police often classify them as runaways, which makes them vulnerable to abuse. Despite this, they often feel forced to leave potentially deadly situations to avoid the violence. In many cases, they are not even able to report the violence they experience.
Misclassification of runaways as missing persons
Most cases of missing children are innocent and harmless; a stranger abduction is the least common. However, it is important to remember that this does not necessarily mean that the child has been abducted by a stranger. In the early stages of the investigation, the police may not even know what has happened to the child. This is an unfortunate occurrence. Fortunately, the police are trained to investigate any case of missing children to the best of their abilities.
A typical missing child case began with a report of the missing child. Law enforcement investigators approached the case as a runaway. But in many cases, the child had actually been abducted by a predator and was never seen again. The child’s disappearance was often treated with less attention and investigative resources than other cases involving white victims. In addition, runaway cases often do not receive the same amount of media attention as those involving children of color.
Lack of media attention
Despite being a minority of the United States population, people of color make up nearly 40 percent of all missing persons. Despite making up just 14% of the total number of children reported missing in the United States, Black children make up a full third of those cases. According to a 2015 study published in Communication Research Reports, only 7% of the media cited missing Black children. This lack of coverage is likely contributing to the fact that black children are reported missing nearly four times more often than white children.
In a 2013 study published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, researchers found that white families with missing black children were more likely to be called “runaways” or “invisible” than their white counterparts. In 2008, Paula Cosey Hill, the mother of missing black girl Shemika Cosey, called the lack of media attention “incomprehensible” and demanded more attention for her daughter’s case.
Despite the growing media attention for white children, Black children in the United States remain unaccounted for four times longer than their white and Hispanic counterparts. Even though this difference is small, it suggests that the missing black children have been neglected for far too long. According to the study by the College of William and Mary, the lack of media attention for missing black children in the United States contributes to this disparity.
Police rarely focus on the disappearance of Black children, because they are more often categorized as “runaways.” Runaway cases do not receive amber alerts, and are not publicized. This makes them more difficult to locate, since police departments don’t feel obligated to devote the same resources to finding a child. Further, police departments often don’t dedicate a great deal of time to these cases, believing that the child will simply run away again.
Efforts to prevent disappearances
In 2016, the National Crime Information Center reported that there were 170,899 black children under the age of 18 who were missing, a number far higher than the number of white and Hispanic children who went missing. This statistic has led some lawmakers to ask whether sex traffickers may be behind these children’s disappearances. In an effort to answer this question, the congressional black caucus has announced that a town hall discussion will be held this month with representatives from law enforcement, child advocacy groups, and child advocates. The town hall is long overdue, but a more concerted effort to bring back these children is needed.
The disappearance of black children is a complex issue. The statistics show that black people go missing three times more often than their white counterparts. This disparity is due in large part to systemic racism, which translates into higher rates of homelessness and poverty, as well as inequity in education and health care. Because of these factors, black children who go missing are far more likely to go unidentified and disappear.
Despite these statistics, some families still hesitate to contact law enforcement. This may be due to the media’s inherent bias toward black children. However, the more active the public gets in this issue, the more likely it is to result in positive changes in the numbers of missing children. It is a matter of moral obligation to take action on the issue. You can do your part to help by taking action and sharing this study with your friends and family.
In addition to these tragedies, there are many other cases of missing Black girls. Despite the efforts of Black Lives Matter and other social movements, these girls are still missing and deserve more than hashtags and media coverage. Until they return, their families will suffer without any closure. The search for their missing children must be intensified. There must be an effective and efficient way to bring back the missing girls.