Even though a widely shared statistic about 14 black girls going missing in Washington, D.C., in recent weeks has been debunked, the city’s mayor Muriel Bowser has announced new initiatives to help find missing children in the nation’s capital.
The initiative includes “wraparound” social services to help address the needs of families in distress.
“One missing young person is one too many, and these new initiatives will help us do more to find and protect young people, particularly young girls of color, across our city,” Bowser said, according to Fox News.
The mayor’s statement comes after an inaccurate statistic went viral claiming that 14 black girls had gone missing in 24 hours.
The District of Columbia tallied 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of whom were black or Latino, in the first three months of 2017.
In total, only 22 were unsolved as of March 24. Most of the city’s missing teens had left their homes voluntarily, NBC Washington reported. Most were later found.
But, as BuzzFeed reported, the hysteria was rooted in some truth: The cases of missing black people are disproportionately large compared to their white counterparts.
In total, 37% of people reported missing in 2016 were people of color. And those cases rarely make headlines, unlike those of young white women. Read more (3/2717 11:21 AM)
My cousin has been missing since yesterday. His name is Carlos Allen but he reponds to CJ. He was last sighted on 167th street near Walton Ave in The Bronx and has been diagnosed with autism. Please reblog this especially if you live in NYC.
The statement by D.C. police is a form of victim blaming that devalues black children
Runaway minors - particularly young teenage girls - are extremely vulnerable to forced prostitution and sex trafficking. Many runaways may be running from child abuse, physical violence, or sexual abuse at home. Or they may have been groomed by a trusted adult and lured away. Or they may have been kidnapped. To simply conclude that no crimes have been committed without even finding and interviewing the missing children is a betrayal of the public trust and a dereliction of duty. Many of the missing children in DC are black girls, and no one should believe that any U.S. police force would be as blatantly dismissive if large numbers of young white children suddenly went missing - even if they “ran away” from home.
The events that happened in Manchester are not a joke
I’ve seen many posts on twitter joking around about the Manchester event claiming they don’t blame the bombers or “last time I listened to Ariana Grande, I died too.” All of you need to take a step back and look at what you’re joking around about;
Saffie Rose Roussos (girl on the left) was eight years old, killed by the Manchester blast. She was described as “
“simply a beautiful little girl.. quiet and unassuming with a creative flair” by her teacher.
Eighteen years old Georgina Callander (girl on the right) also reported dead from the events.
Anyone remember Olivia Campbell (fifteen years old)? The girls face has been retweeted over and over again on Twitter, and she’s still missing.
These young girls and many other children have had their lives taken away and some of you have the audacity to joke around about it. I don’t care if it’s “dark comedy,” it’s horrible and heartless to even think for a moment “Ya I don’t blame the bomber for doing what he did” simply because it was an Ariana Grande concert.
Get your head out of your ass and be respectful of those who have passed away and the families that are now suffering because of these losses.
On August 23, 1912, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar (pictured, left) travelled with his parents and two siblings to Lake Swayze, Louisiana, for a picnic. Bobby became separated from his parents when he went off to explore the swamp, and simply vanished.
The Dunbar family were rich and influential, and for the next two days over 100 volunteers and 30 policemen combed the area for the missing boy. The short list of leads the police produced were fruitless, but Bobby’s parents continued to privately investigate his disappearance.
Eight months later, on a sunny May morning in Mississippi, a police officer flagged down a man and a young child walking along the road. The officer took the man for a vagrant, and didn’t believe his story that the boy -who looked around four or five years old - was his nephew, Bruce.
William Walter’s wasn’t a vagrant - he was a trained piano repairman, and he travelled by foot to his daily appointments. He insisted that the boys mother, Julia Anderson, had willingly given him Bruce to care for while she laboured on a nearby farm. His words fell on deaf ears. Walters was promptly arrested for kidnapping, and ‘Bruce’ (who the police officer suspected was actually the missing Bobby Dunbar) was taken into state custody. Lessie Dunbar immediately travelled to Mississippi to be reuinted with her son, amid much media fanfare.
Although reports vary, one nespaper stated that the newly rescued 'Bobby’ burst into tears when approached by Mrs Dunbar, and did not seem to recognize his siblings or any of his possessions when he returned to his house. Though he quickly adjusted to the Dunbar family, 'Bobby’ had no memory of his supposed abduction, nor of his trip to Lake Swayze. However, Lessie Dunbar was convinced the boy was her son due to similiar scars on his right foot, and moles on his hip.
William Walters was charged with a single count of child kidnapping and found guilty, despite the testimony of Julia Anderson who tearfully insisted 'Bobby’ was her son, and Walters was his paternal uncle. She admitted to having all her children out of wedlock, and that she had little money, and that was all it took; the judge sentenced Walters to life in prison, and Julia was ordered back to her home in Mississippi, where she was treated like an outcast.
Fortunately, Walters was released from prison after two years when his attorney convinced a judge to overturn his charge. The rescued Bobby Dunbar grew up well-to-do and eventually had four children. His granddaughter - who was fascinated about his disappearance - did a little genealogical research and noticed discrepencies in age between the missing Bobby and the recovered child. She also discovered a few members of the family who remembered Bobby’s disappearance, many of whom voiced their long held suspicion that the child recovered in Mississippi in 1913 wasnt their Bobby Dunbar.
It was only in 2006 that a DNA test was conducted on the recovered Bobby Dunbar’s son, and a cousin of the Dunbar family. The results were frighteningly clear; the child found in 1913 wasn’t Bobby Dunbar, but Bruce Anderson. The police had literally stolen another woman’s child, and imprisoned an innocent man for kidnapping. As a final sad reminder, the actual Bobby Dunbar has still never been found.
You know what I love about the old cartoon classics (W.I.T.C.H, Totally spies, Winx club)? The characters where allowed to be as girly as they wanted and still be completely kick-arse. Hay-lin and Irma could be flirty and giggly without being shown as in any way inferior to Will the tomboy. Bloom could be the keeper of the dragon flame and still worry about her hair and nails and boys. Because being girly does not automatically equal being weak.
Unfortunately there isn’t an increase in missing girls of color (which means this is NORMAL!) And missing black girls are usually classified as runaways which means no Amber Alert! Anyone else seeing an issue here???
Ayer fue el cumpleaños de Chica/Amy y hoy un día después le hice un dibujo ;u; no pude subirlo ni hacerlo ayer ya que apenas hoy estoy libre escuela *aunAsíMeDejaronTarea* >:v ademas tengo un montón de ask xD
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.”- Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children.