A few celebrities shared a post on Instagram that sparked an outcry that has spilled over into Facebook and Twitter. “14 Girls Have Gone Missing in DC in the last 24 hours, why no media coverage?” has been circulating through social media. My guess is, because it’s not accurate. The headlines caught my attention and I began some quick research to verify the story. I didn’t have to dig very deep at all. I found an article on BuzzFeed and scrolled through the DC Police Departments Official Twitter Page.
14 Girls Have NOT Gone Missing in DC in 24 Hours!
The DC Police have started a new system of posting missing girl’s on their Twitter account in an effort to find them faster. Since they’re posting missing girl’s pictures online, it only appears that there is a surge in black teenage girl’s turning up missing.
“Since March 19, D.C. police have shared 20 missing person fliers on Twitter. 10 of these people were juveniles. As of Friday, six of these juveniles had been found; four still were missing.”
According to records, all of the juveniles who have been reported missing in 2017 have “voluntarily” left home. In other words, they ran away.
Runaway is not to be confused with “throwaway.”
The term runaway needs to be eradicated from our vocab- it implies throwaway! “Runaways” exhibit many vulnerabilities to be exploited- trafficking or abuse in many ways. This is why every missing child needs to be labeled endangered. “Runaway” simply leads to no investigation.
-R Jonathan Frederick-
“Just to be clear, the intention of this blog is NOT to discredit the fact that there is an ongoing issue of African Americans turning up “missing”. But, to negate the misunderstanding of 14 girls have came up missing in DC in the past couple days or so.”