Sanaa Lathan Explains Why Missing Black Girls Are Being Ignored

Published On March 28, 2017 | By patrice | Politics, The latest posts

Over the past several days the African American community has been outraged via social media after the heartbreaking news broke that there were reportedly more than a dozen missing African American and Latina girls from the Washington, D.C. area.

Since social media posted about the missing young women, mostly under 18, the news has gone viral and people are finally trying to do something about it. However, many can’t help but to wonder why the mainstream media is taking so long and is insistent on not treating the cases of these girls as a crisis.

This is all while police officials and news sources have argued that the numbers that have been reported via social media have been inaccurate, however, some notable black figures have finally spoken out on the matter.

One of the most noted was actress Sanaa Lathan, making it plain that racism is to blame as for why so many mainstream media outlets never seem to care to report as much on the missing black kids, as they do the white ones that disappear, but later return home.

In an interview, Lathan discussed the #FindOurGirls hashtag that has seemed to take over the internet, the obvious neglect and carelessness of the lives of missing black girls and even took out the time to explain to paparazzi that the press has been notorious for downplaying stories about our missing youth.

“That’s part of our conditioning with  our country, unfortunately, with the press. There’s been a certain type of race that gets all the attention and now, finally, thank God because of social media people are saying, ‘You know what? We’re all Americans, all races, there’s pain that happens in every community and we have to look out for all of us,” Lathan explained

“I hope that it makes a permanent difference. I’m gonna be positive and hope that some real change is going to happen,” Lathan said, before adding, “It’s like now because of social media, we’re gonna be heard.”

Historically, mainstream American media doesn’t speak on the stories of black people and I’m hesitant to make the assumption that this current nationwide crisis will allow that to change.

So, what are your thoughts on this news? Is she spot on about the media and their racial bias toward children of other races?

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