The number of missing black children in America is a sad reality. Currently, there are over thirteen thousand. How is this epidemic being reported? What can you do to raise awareness? Read on to learn about the latest trends. Natalie Wilson, co-founder of Black and Missing, has seen the growing number of young black girls disappear. In the past few months, she has learned that three young black girls were recently murdered or abducted: Maleah Davis, 4 years old, who was abducted in May, and Noelani Robinson, two years old, who was kidnapped in Milwaukee in March. In Alabama, Hiawayi Robinson, 8, was murdered in 2015.
137,000 missing black children
Despite the disparity in the percentage of black and white children reported missing, the FBI’s National Crime Information Center reports that there are over 137,000 black children missing in America. This number is actually quite high, considering that black children only make up about 14 percent of all children in the country. While the FBI’s report does lump black and Hispanic children together, other reports indicate that more than half of the missing children in the country are Black. And based on the media’s attention to white children, the real numbers are likely much higher.
Although black children make up a small fraction of the total number of unaccounted-for children, their cases are much more widespread. And, as a result, some families are hesitant to seek assistance from law enforcement. Often, this lack of confidence contributes to the “silent code of no snitching.” Nevertheless, some families are willing to contact law enforcement if they can provide any evidence that might help them locate their missing children.
In recent months, the police have been searching for Relisha, an 8-year-old from the largest homeless shelter in Washington DC. After being interviewed on camera by a local homeless charity, Relisha has not been seen since. Unfortunately, Relisha’s disappearance has been a major attention-grabbing story and has cast a light on the DC General shelter. Though the DC General shelter is now closed, there are still millions of homeless children in America, and nearly a third of those children are black.
The number of black children in America is rising. According to FBI figures, there are more than 137,000 children missing than any other race in the U.S. However, Angel Viera’s case is a notable exception. She went missing on Dec. 22, 2020. Donald Sampson went missing 10 years ago, and Kency Diaz-Siguaque went missing on Nov. 16, 2017. In Quincy, Maxberly Zapata went missing in June.
Statistics show that black girls and women go missing at an alarmingly high rate. While black women make up less than seven percent of the population, their numbers are disproportionately higher. In 2014 alone, ninety-three percent of all cases involving black people were black. White women make up seventy-three percent of the female population, yet the percentage of black people reported missing is only thirty-three percent.
The media has been largely ignoring black children. Although black children make up a disproportionate number of missing children in America, they are often classified as runaways by law enforcement. While white children are more likely to be found alive, black children are significantly more likely to be homeless and at risk of sex trafficking. And while the news rarely covers missing black children, there is a huge need to do more to give them attention.
Media coverage of missing black children
If you’re a parent of a missing child, you’ve no doubt wondered about the media coverage of missing black children in America. While many of the cases of missing children in America are of white kids, Black children in particular continue to be ignored by the media. They are largely categorized as runaways or victims of personal responsibility, and rarely receive any coverage in the mainstream media. The media’s reluctance to cover missing children of color often leaves these families feeling as though their missing child is a lesser value than their white counterparts.
The statistics on missing children have long been alarming. While white children make up one-third of the cases reported to the FBI, Black children are grossly underrepresented in these statistics. This is particularly troubling given the lack of resources available to black families. They often do not have the luxury of hiring a private investigator or taking extended leave from work. And since their communities do not have the resources to hire a private investigator, the lack of media coverage is particularly detrimental.
While black and white children have similar rates of going missing, the media ignores their disproportionate numbers. In 2017, there were 92,238 reports of missing children of color, and only nineteen percent of them were black. As a result, black children and young women make up just over one-fifth of all missing children in America. Compared to this, white children and girls made up seventy-four percent of the total population.
While the media ignores missing black children, coverage of missing white children is much more thorough. In fact, only one in ten cases of missing children in America was covered by the media. That is an astonishing statistic that highlights the systemic problem of media coverage of minority communities. It’s time to change this. And it begins with the journalist. The media should start reflecting the diverse backgrounds of their readers and staff. But before we do that, we must first correct a systemic problem.
In 2015, a study published in the Journal of Communication Research found that media coverage of missing white girls was twice as large as that of missing black children. This suggests that the media’s attention to these cases may be linked to the lack of resources for missing black children in America. That’s not the right way to go about solving these cases. If you’re a parent of a missing black child, you’re probably wondering why the media ignores these cases and ignores their children’s disappearance.
One nonprofit organization that aims to address this problem is the Black and Missing Foundation, which was founded by Natalie Wilson. She’s observed an increased number of young black girls disappearing across the country. Her organization, Black and Missing, recently reported the case of Maleah Davis, who was four years old at the time of her disappearance and was found dead in June. Another nonprofit, the Black and Missing Foundation, reports that nearly a third of all cases involving a black child were reported.
Ways to raise awareness about missing black children
Many people are unaware of the thousands of Black girls and women who are missing in America. Last year alone, almost 100,000 Black girls and women were missing. But these cases rarely make national headlines. That’s changing thanks to the efforts of a California journalist. She is sharing the stories of black girls and women who are missing in order to bring the spotlight back on these children and their families. You can help her mission by donating to her Kickstarter campaign.
Missing black children in America are particularly troublesome because of the fact that they are often underrepresented in the media. This is not to say that black girls aren’t being reported missing, but there is a persistent lack of attention to these stories. However, the more people become involved in this issue, the more likely it will happen. One way to raise awareness about missing black children is to write a letter to your local newspaper and tell them about this issue. It might be a personal letter or a simple phone call to your local police department.
If you can’t find your local newspaper, start a nonprofit website. This way, you can get updates on the progress made in the cause. For example, you can donate to the Black and Missing Foundation. Don’t forget to share this information on social media! It is an important way to help families and the public alike. The organization has been recognized at BET’s Black Girls Rock! awards show, where it was presented with a special recognition.
A study conducted by the College of William and Mary revealed that Black children are missing four times longer than non-Black kids. One possible explanation for the longer timespan of missing Black children is that the media focus on white children and their cases may get greater attention, resulting in more resources being focused on white kids. The study also indicated that black children are the most likely to be abducted by people who are not able to find them.
Besides social media, you can hold public gatherings to raise awareness about missing Black girls and boys. When attending these gatherings, hold signs with pictures of the missing person and ask people to share the news. This will give you an opportunity to gain national and local media attention. You can also get involved in the search for these children by joining Facebook groups. However, make sure to avoid sensationalizing these tragedies – these children deserve more than hashtags.
A study conducted on the issue of missing Black children in the US found that the chances of finding these kids are lower than for white kids. While the media and law enforcement have been focused on the disappearances of white women, black women have been ignored for years. A recent Black and Missing episode explores this issue. In this episode, Derrica Wilson, along with her sister, created the Black and Missing Foundation, a nonprofit that supports families of missing black children in America.