missing children of color

DC mayor Muriel Bowser announces new effort to help find missing children

  • 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)

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.