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Living under the new Black Lives Matter dictatorship apparently means that white women who go missing need to check their privilege.
Following some national media interest in the disappearance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, some leftists in that same media (along with some guilty consciences) microwaved the “missing white woman syndrome” grievance, the complaint that white women and girls who inexplicably disappear are given outsize attention relative to similar cases with ethnic minorities.
“The obsessive fascination with missing white women also leads to a slanting in sympathies,” New York Times leftist Charles Blow wrote Wednesday . “All missing-persons stories are human tragedies, and because we are all human we empathize with the people we see. But this also erases the trauma of other missing people, as if nonwhite people never go missing, when they absolutely do.”
MSNBC’s Joy Reid said Monday , “Why not the same media attention when people of color go missing? Well, the answer actually has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome.”
In response to the criticism, some news outlets, such as CNN and the New York Post , attempted to course-correct by highlighting a handful of missing-persons cases involving ethnic minorities.
Sure, without reading into the hearts of TV news producers, it’s probably a safe guess that at least part of the reason Petito has been covered so widely is that she’s an attractive, young woman who we now know is dead, a scenario that has tugged at the heartstrings for centuries .
It’s also true, though, that nothing was stopping the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC or any of the networks from covering missing-persons cases that involve minority victims. If it’s discriminatory not to cover them, we know who’s to blame.
In any event, there are elements to the Petito case outside of demographics that lend themselves to intrigue, such as that her fiance, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, had been with her before she disappeared but was safe and sound with his own family, ignoring phone calls from her parents who were looking for her.
Police knew where he was and did not take him into custody for questioning. Then he […]
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