Why Is No One Talking About The Missing Black And Latinx D.C. Teens?

A series of viral tweets is drawing attention to 8 young people of color who were reported missing in Washington, D.C.

UPDATE: Missing teens Antwan Jordan and Emerald Shaw were found safe, according to updates uploaded to Twitter.

Young people of color have reportedly gone missing in Washington, D.C., over the past 10 days. However, most media outlets in the country are completely silent and choose not to report on the issue.

The cases were brought forward after a series of tweets made rounds on social media.

Washington's Metropolitan Police Department and a Twitter user, @BlackMarvelGirl, posted photos and details of the missing teens. The tweets soon went viral on the social media platform by garnering more than 35,000 retweets in less than 12 hours.

However, not much media attention has been given to the 10 young people who have reportedly gone missing.

Jacqueline Lassey, 15


Yahshaiyah Enoch, 13


Antwan Jordan, 15


Juliana Otero, 15


Dashann Trikia Wallace, 15


Aniya McNeil, 13


Dayanna White, 15


Talisha Coles, 16


Morgan Richardson, 15   


Emerald Shaw, 15


What makes the disappearance of the teens even more startling is that they are of the same age. However, the question remains why bigger news outlets are still silent on the issue?

According to Gwen Ifill, a reporter of Public Broadcasting Service, this practice is known as "missing white woman syndrome" — a phrase used to describe extensive media coverage of missing person cases, especially young, white women, but not of people of other races.

For example, cases such as Natalee Holloway and Elizabeth Smart, both teenagers who disappeared, received widespread media coverage by big media outlets across the country.

It is disturbing to think that these young teens will probably be another case number in a pile of others on some police officer’s desk. According to a report, a total of 239,593 minorities were reported missing in the United States. However, the disappearance of such large number of teens in merely 10 days is worrying.

The Washington, D.C.’s police department has directed people to call (202) 727-9099 with any information regarding the missing teenagers.

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