Tuesday, June 28, 2005

We're Missing Too

Tamika Antonette Huston, missing since May 2004.

One month ago an Alabama teen, Natalee Holloway, disappeared on the tropic island of Aruba. The disappearance set off constant and persistent media coverage and an massive search.

Tyesah Patrice Bell, missing since May 2003 and Daphne Philisia Jones, missing since January 1999.

That search, which went international when a team from Texas traveled to the island to assist in the search, unfortunately has yet to turn up the teen or seemingly glean a strong suspect in the disappearance. People are arrested and released apparently yielding no information.

Dymashal Lashon Cullins, missing since August 2003 and Latoya Natasha Thomas, missing since September 2000.

That lack of information hasn't stopped the American media from drowning us in coverage about the case. While we hold out hope for the best for Natalee and keep her and her family in our prayers, we can't help but wonder why African American disappearances are not, no, are never covered by the media. Never.

Shirley Geans, missing since September 2004, Kireasha Pam Linkhorne, missing since October 2003 and Marcie Crane, missing since October 2003.

We understand that 20,000 adults alone are currently missing and it would be unwieldy to cover all 20,000 cases and the tens of thousands of cases surrounding missing kids, but to never give any coverage to missing African Americans is an insult to those who are missing, their families and the overall African American community. It seems as if the value of the African American lives in jeopardy are lower than those of white citizens how turn up missing in the eyes of the media.

For Tamika, Tyesha, Daphne, Dymashal, Latoya, Shirley, Kireasha, Marcie and countless other missing African Americans let's hope that the media will soon better value their lives.

Source: Essence Magazine, page 128-132, July 2005