8 Black girls were reported missing over a week ago, and little seems to have been done about it.
On Saturday, March 12th, twitter user @BlackMarvelGirl sent out a series of tweets highlighting the Black girls missing that have gotten little coverage and have yet to spark much of a national outrage.
“It takes 3.2 secs to retweet and help find these 8 BLACK GIRLS reported missing in Washington, D.C. during the past three days.”
The 8 girls were reported missing in Washington D.C. over the previous 72 hours before the tweet. The young girls range between the ages of 13-16. They are listed as following:
15-year-old Dayana White, was last seen in the 100 Block of Ivanhoe Street, Southwest on Friday, March 3, 2017.
16-year-old Talisha Coles, was last seen on the 1000 Block of Maryland Avenue, Northeast on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
15-year-old Morgan Richardson, was last seen on the 1900 Block of Massachusetts Ave, S.E. on Monday, March 6, 2017.
13-year-old Yahshaiyah Enoch, was last seen on the 5000 Block of Kimi Gray Court, S.E. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
13-year-old Taylor Innis, was last seen on the 4700 Block of 5th Street, N.W. on Friday, March 10, 2017.
15-year-old Jacqueline Lassey, was last seen on the 1200 Block of Morse Street, N.E. on Friday, March 10, 2017.
13-year-old Aniya McNeil, was last seen on the 1100 Block of New Jersey Ave, N.W. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
15-year-old Dashann Trikia Wallace, was last seen on the 200 Block of I Street, S.E. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
It takes 3.2 secs to retweet and help find these 8 BLACK GIRLS reported missing in Washington, D.C. during the past three days (1/2) pic.twitter.com/xpEwNcW44S
— Black Marvel Girl (@BlackMarvelGirl) March 13, 2017
According to D.C. Police, more than 10 Black and Latinx girls have gone missing over the past week. With the exception of a few media outlets like Essence, Teen Vogue, The Grio and The Root, this issue has been mostly ignored by mainstream media. This issue is being called Missing White Woman Syndrome, and refers to consistent outrage of missing white women, while blatantly ignoring the same scenarios for women of color.
The report, highlighted by Syracuse University’s NewHouse School of Public Communications defines it as the following: “The tendency for news media to confer importance and urgency upon the disappearance of some girls and women but not others.”
In 2014, News One reported that their were currently 64,000 Black women missing in the United States. The number refers to the number of Black women who have gone missing in America over the Black decade.
If it weren’t for the series of tweets above by @MarvelBlackGirl, these Black girls may have gone largely ignored. But it is up to us to share their stories.
What can we do to help spread the word? What do you think is going on that causes so many Black women to go missing unnoticed?