The weekend kicked off Black History Month (BHM). Y’all know I love BHM! It’s an opportunity to read/watch/learn/attend lectures on the contributions of black folks to this country. It’s especially important as black history is being white-washed/erased from textbooks. Every week, I will focus on an issue that relates (to me) black history. This week, I will look at black folks missing across America.
I love me some Dateline. 9 times out of 10 episodes will focus on murdered white spouses or missing young white women. Dateline has gotten a little bit better of incorporating stories about murdered/missing women of color. I was shocked to see actress Aasha Davis (‘Friday Night Lights,’ ‘Pariah’) on the show speaking about the murder of her sister. It was a heartbreaking story…
The fact that so many black folks have gone missing without much outrage/attention is alarming to me. Black women are especially vulnerable as we have been so horribly stereotyped/degraded in media, we are seen as throw away people.
I could go missing right now, and majority of folks would give a damn.
Missing/murdered black women, children, and men do matter. Their lives/stories are important to ALL of our communities.