Friday, January 25, 2008

Missing Minorities

There's this episode of CSI: Miami where Adam Rodriguez's character has to come to grips with the inequalities between the cases of two missing teenage girls. When the white girl goes missing the media spotlights her story. But on the other hand, when a Latina girl goes missing there's no such fanfare. In a poignant scene Rodriguez stands on the coast, staring at the ocean as he struggles to make sense of this harsh reality as his female coworker tries to offer him words of comfort.

I'm not a fan of CSI but this episode really grabbed me. Like Rodriguez's character, I often grapple with such injustices and try to make sense of it all. Having someone you love turn up missing must be one of the the worst feelings in the world. I wish that I could say without a doubt that skin color doesn't play an in issue in who gets national attention, but I can't. And I'm not the only one who feels this way. Dateline NBC and USA Today both have articles about this concern.

The system is broken, but don't lose hope. Here's a couple of blogs you can visit to help those who are missed.

  • Missing Minorities
  • Black and Missing

    Brown Girl Gumbo said...

    It really is sad and unfortunately very true. I wish that one day the media will treat all stories equally no matter the victim's race.

    jihunpark said...

    cool stuff

    jamey johnson said...

    Good post Karen!

    SolShine7 said...

    Thanks for stopping by everyone!!! I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

    Tony said...

    This is nothing new, in the context that the media has been doing this for decades now, but it's something that never gets discussed about. It is disturbing to know that your skin color and ethnicity can cause a lack of media attention when your in need of help, but there never seems to be a shortage of reporters when it comes to depicting everything that is negative in minority communities. we can't show a black mother whose looking for her missing son, but we can't get enough of a black man robbing the local corner store.

    Nice entry Karen

    SolShine7 said...

    Tony, well said!!! That's one of my new favorite comments.