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About Those Missing Black Girls in D.C.: Separating Fact from “Fake News”

About Those Missing Black Girls in D.C.: Separating Fact from “Fake News”

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by G. Brown

All weekend long, there was no escaping headlines of outrage about 10…14…20 missing girls in and around Washington D.C. and nobody was doing anything about it.  One headline screamed, “The FBI Can Find Tom Brady’s Jersey, So Why Can’t They Find the #MissingDCGirls?

It was a story that seemingly came out of nowhere igniting rage and conjuring up decades old memories of the Atlanta child murders. The stories began building last week when D.C. police began posting about missing girls.  The postings were part of D.C.’s police department efforts to generate more publicity about missing teens so the department began utilizing social media like Twitter and Facebook to post about old cases of missing teens. A police spokesperson said, “We’ve just been posting them on social media more often”.  But once the police posts hit social media, they took on a life of their own—went viral and caused a panic.  Re-postings of the story took facts and soon they were turned into fiction….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, a reporter who had written about some of the missing girls finally interceded to calm the crowds passing around the wrong information.

The facts are teens are missing and not just from the D.C. area. Sadly, the concern over the disappearances of these girls got caught up in the frenzy of fake news.  As the reality of the absurdness of the fake situation settles and people realize that its not 14 or 20 girls who disappeared in a week or the last two weeks, the public concern and outcry for these girls will disappear as well—that is the harm that “fake news” causes.  People go from clocking 120  all the way down to -120 on the concern factor when they learn the news isn’t 20 girls missing in 24 hours; but is it less sensational— that 14 girls disappeared over the span of years.  The girls are still real…still very much missing, but since it was only at the rate of one per month between 2015-2017 then it’s not worth getting worked up about it seems.

We have to be more careful about information we share with our friends and family online in this current environment.  ‘Pizzagate child pedo rings’, ‘Dave Chappelle’s been cloned’ and ‘Hillary Clinton dying of Parkinson’s disease’ are all “fake news” and conspiracy theories floating around right now on the internet.  At a time when our nation’s leader is even prone to share “fake news” like former president Obama tapped phones at Trump Tower only to finally be forced to admit he was wrong by saying well someone told me that, we should aim higher individually.

We don’t need fake news robbing us of our peace, intelligence and energy. There are plenty of horrible stories that will unfortunately prove to be factual news.

Comment(6)

  1. Black children have been kidnapped and none of the white female feminists have said a single word. There have been no statements from Gloria Allred, Madonna, Hillary Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren or Nancy Grace. Senator Kamala Harris hasn’t spoken about the missing/kidnapped black children in Washington DC, and she is black. As a matter of fact, nobody in the Congressional Black Caucus has spoken about this.

    When the 18 year old blonde Natalee Holloway went missing in 2005, white female feminists were constantly on television making sure their voices were heard. Nancy Grace and Greta Van Susteren were reporting on the Natalee Holloway scandal ten to twelve hours a day, six days a week for the entire year. There are two points I’m trying to make. Point number one, white people hate us, Point number two, stop fighting white female feminists battles. It’s clear that white women won’t fight for us; therefore we shouldn’t fight for them.

    1. @NBA Hi NBA, you’re right…whether it was Natalee Holloway or baby Jessica down a well, the media covered these stories 24/7. The same coverage should be given when it is a child of color. No one said, ‘well Holloway isn’t missing, she went off on her own accord’—no one blamed the victim for their plight. We should be concerned about each child—color shouldn’t be the first thing we consider. Thanks as always for sharing your thoughts with us NBA.

  2. Thousands of black children are kidnapped all over the world for two reasons; the sex trade and organ harvesting. Organ harvesting is a multi-million dollar business in which children are murdered and their hearts, lungs, liver and kidneys are stolen and sold. I’m not making this up, black children all over the world are being murdered and their organs are stolen and sold to rich people who need immediate surgery.

  3. It’s not worth getting worked up about? 1 Missing girl a month is ok? If these girls were caucasion, there would definitely be an uproar. Oh, I forgot – they take action when one of their daughters are missing. Many black folks are trained and conditioned to feel less for their own. As a journalist, I would expect more wisdom and consciousness – but you remain hypnotized. #GetOut #WakeUp

    1. Hi Montez P. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think you misconstrued the writer’s statement. The point is that one missing girl or male is just as important as 20 and people should be upset when even one person goes missing. So basically you and the writer are in agreement. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  4. Several black children are missing/kidnapped and mainstream news didn’t report it? I have no choice but to suspect that the Amerikkkan government is responsible. I have no concrete proof (I never will), but as a black man in Amerikkka, I will never trust any white owned organization.

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