UPDATE: Missing teens Antwan Jordan and Emerald Shaw were found safe, according to updates uploaded to Twitter.
Critical Missing Antwan Jordan has been located. Thanks to the public for your assistance!— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 13, 2017
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
Critical Missing:15 year old Jacqueline Lassey, last seen 3/10/17 in the 1200 blk Morse St, NE. Seen her? Call 202-727-9099. pic.twitter.com/8JVp6LaDgR— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 11, 2017
Yahshaiyah Enoch, 13
Critical Missing: Yahshaiyah Enoch, 13 years old, last seen 3/8/17 in the 5000 blk of Kimi Gray Court, SE. Seen her? Call 202-727-9099. pic.twitter.com/9O7BomREiC— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 10, 2017
Antwan Jordan, 15
Critical Missing: Antwan Jordan, 15 years old, last seen 3/4/17 in the 2300 blk of Hartford St, SE. Seen him? Call 202-727-9099. pic.twitter.com/VezxHJeMVT— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 10, 2017
Juliana Otero, 15
Critical Missing:15 year old Juliana Otero, last seen 3/3 in the 3500 blk 11th St, NW. Seen her? Call 202-727-9099. pic.twitter.com/LQ3aStzQYt— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 12, 2017
Dashann Trikia Wallace, 15
Aniya McNeil, 13
Dayanna White, 15
Talisha Coles, 16
Morgan Richardson, 15
Emerald Shaw, 15
Critical Missing: Emerald Shaw, 15 YOA, L/S in 700 b/o M St, SE on 1/10. Seen her? Call 202-727-9099 pic.twitter.com/BQHvVJ3aFc— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) February 3, 2017
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.
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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