This week, Washington, D.C., made headlines for a very disturbing reason. The city’s Metropolitan Police Department recently began tweeting out missing-persons reports and the majority of these were of young black and Latina women.
Although, officials have insisted that the numbers reflect only the fact that the department recently started using social media to help close cases, many have come out to voice concerns over the large number of missing women of color.
As a result, many individuals have taken to social media to express their disdain about what they consider a continued oversight of related awareness.
And even people with a platform have come out to express their concerns including celebrities like Taraji P. Henson, Kris Jenner, Viola Davis and more.
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It is deeply disturbing that the disappearance of dozens of young girls is "business as usual" in our nation's capital, my childhood home. The response that these numbers aren't any higher than normal should only make us more horrified. Kids of color have been unrecognized and uncared for by law enforcement, the education system (as a whole, not the heroic teachers working hard every day for far too little pay), and government in general, for far too long. It's a deeply rooted issue, ingrained in our sadly flawed social fabric, but it is within our power to CHANGE IT. It starts with us demanding justice, demanding equal media coverage, and voting with vulnerable kids in mind, instead of dollar signs and fear. #findourgirls
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We must make some noise !! Why are we just hearing about this . Why is this not the number one topic in America right now? Let's tweet . Facebook , Instagram , call our local news media outlets let's make some noise people! This has got to stop!❤❤This particular girl was found . There are conflicting stories but all of these girls are not runaways!!! Dont fall for that ! It is a well known fact that a missing person of color Black , Latin or other. does not get the media coverage eqaul to a missing white person. We must not buy soo eaily the stories that these children are all runaways . We must keep reading , researching and educating ourselves on what happened to these precious children . Most of them have not been found. ❤
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If you participated in/advocated for the women's march, I encourage you to participate in this.
These issues are aligned.#missingdcgirls— Candice Patton (@candicekp) March 24, 2017
These are missing CHILDREN. See these faces, see them as your own. You would want the world to care enough to bring these CHILDREN back to their families. Please help! Please post this. Demand equal coverage of ALL missing children from the media. Each of our children is loved and cherished and EACH child deserves all of our collective effort to bring them home.
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#Repost @wetheurban ???Yesterday, FOURTEEN young black and Latinx girls woke up hopeful, ready to face the world and its ways yet again in DC. Today, each one of them is missing. Unlike Brady's jersey, THIS is a national emergency. #MissingDCGirls -> #FindOurGirls
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