Blogger highlights missing African-American females across the U.S. and the World
What I believe about Dallas South, more than anything else, is that it allows me (us really) to portray images of African-Americans that we feel need to be portrayed. I think we should demand accountability of the popular media, whether it be checking shock jocks, or questioning the lead stories of local newscasts.
But in the end, it's up to us, not ABC, The Times, the Post or CBS, but us, to create or own media. With that said, I would like to introduce you to a site that is filling a huge crater in media coverage: the plight of missing African-American women and girls.
The blog is called Black and Missing but not Forgotten. It's publisher, Deidra, describes the site as …dedicated to all the missing black women in America. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr once said "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." If the media doesn't step up – who will? Let these ladies know that we did not forget about them. She describes herself as ""Just a concerned black female :)"
When visiting Black and Missing, you will see Slide galleries of missing women, as well as posts updating stories from around the country and world, of efforts to locate and identify others. Deidra also posts updates her previous accounts once those who have been missing are found.
The national media has a sorry record of highlighting missing black women, while treating each white female life that is lost as a national tragedy. Why should one garner more attention than another? Is each one not equally as troubling?
The efforts of Black and Missing but not Forgotten continues to prove that each of us is the leader that we've been looking for.