An Inherently False Number And A Fundamentally True Fact
The headline to your left went viral on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram last week (The image to your left originated on Instagram). The story postulates that within the span of 24 hours, 14 black and brown females went missing, and without a news story on the matter. Of course, the concept of such a disgraceful lack of coverage had me promising to do such a story. It would of course be nothing new for the main stream media to blackout on fundamentally crucial headlines for the sake of establishmentarian politics, but alas, no such cigar. The story has been debunked, while simultaneously sparking a legitimate discussion on systematic racism, and prompting members of the Congressional Black Caucus to act, penning a letter to the FBI requesting assistance in finding the missing girls. In actuality 501 documented cases of missing juvenile, and predominately black girls were logged in Washington D.C. area alone. Per March 26th, all but 22 of these cases have been solved. The official report also concludes, more specifically, that 11 cases currently represent juveniles, and are critical cases. The original, more accurate story was authored by Shaun King, who took to twitter to personally refute the exaggerated version, and urging his followers to stay true to the facts because "It matters. It really matters". And while the story has been a bit twisted, it succeeded in a large way, thanks originally to King, in achieving an actual conversation at the national level on race relations with the system itself. It could actually be considered worse that there were 501 documented missing persons reports filed within a span of 3 months, which actually averages 5.5 cases daily... for 90 days straight.