Friday, January 25, 2008

Why Are Non-Black Missing People, More Important Than Black Missing People??

My daughter and I were curious about an update on Chioma Gray's disappearance, so I went to Deidra's blog Black and Missing and what do you know? Her post yesterday, 01.24.08, was about Chioma Gray. Sadly, the update is...
Read Deidra's post, below:

Where's the news on Chioma Gray?

Have you heard of her? I don’t blame you. The news stations in California apparently never heard of her either because I don’t see one, not one article on this missing young lady and she has been missing for over a month.

For those of you who don’t know, Chioma Gray is a 15 year old black female who went missing from Ventura, California on December 13, 2007. She was abducted by Andrew Tafoya. He was issued a felony warrant for kidnapping the next day.

And guess what? Not only is there no news on Chioma, but the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website messed up her poster several times. The first time, they released an updated poster on Chioma without a picture of her abductor. They also misspelled the city she went missing from.(The city was spelled “Vetura” instead of “Ventura”)

Here’s the evidence

Then on Tuesday (Jan 22), they updated the poster again. They added the abductor picture back but changed his relationship to her. He is now a companion instead of abductor even though the poster states that there’s still a felony warrant out for his arrest. And they still didn’t spell the city name right! Yup, confusing I know.

”Updated” poster

So what’s really going on here? No news on Chioma, no Amber Alert issued and now her kidnapper is her friend?!

Just to make a few points:

Google news search:
Yahoo news search:
Google Blogs search:
138+ Results to blogs and NONE LINK BACK TO LOCAL NEWS

Deidra has really done her homework!
And so have I.
By comparison, I have done a google search on a lovestruck teen couple who ran away together last week, in MI.
When the terms listed below were searched in Google
teens runaway Hannah Gage Michigan LA
This was the result:
Results 1 - 10 of about 3,140 for teens runaway Hannah Gage Michigan LA with Safesearch on. (0.29 seconds)

In 0.29 SECONDS 3,140 results came back.
Guess what the #1 site was regarding these missing "lovestruck teens?"

Don't Know??
Well, let me help you out:

ABC News: Runaway Michigan Teens Found Safe

Then Jan. 12, Hannah and Gage left overnight with Wismer's van and $680 in cash, along with the family dog. Runaway Michigan Teens Found Safe ...

ABC News has grabbed ahold of the story that featured two runaway kids, who drove unlawfully, stole mother's car, and who knows what else!
Ohhhh, it doesn't stop there!
No wayyyyy, because the tabloid tv show "Inside Edition" wanted to soothe their guilt-ridden conscious' so they decided to extend kindness, in exchange for ratings.
This is what Inside Edition did for the runaways and fam:

Their (the runaways) parents traveled throughout the day Tuesday, an "Inside Edition" camera crew in tow. The program paid for the parents' flights, hotel rooms and a limousine to take them to the airport Tuesday morning, said Veronica McConnell, 27, Hannah's sister.

"Inside Edition," Wismer said, told the families not to talk to other media outlets. Officials at the show did not return calls to the Free Press about such an arrangement.

Non-black runaways fams are hooked up by tabloid tv show!

Ohhhh, to be non-black in America...sigh

Now-I did throw Chioma's name into the search engine with the terms
"missing, Chioma, Gray"
guess what happened?
Google's Results 1 - 10 of about 23,200 for missing Chioma Gray with Safesearch on. (0.11 seconds)
Guess what was the 1st site that popped up? I can tell you it wasn't ABC News!!
DEIDRA'S site was #1

Black and Missing but not Forgotten: Missing: Chioma Gray

Chioma Gray DOB: Apr 27, 1992 Missing: Dec 13, 2007 Age Now: 15 Sex: Female Race: Black Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Height: 5'4" (163 cm) ... - 227k

Why are we, and our children less valuable?
Why are we not worthy of equal coverage?
Why does the pledge of allegiance say
when we ALL know that's a lie??

It's up to our community to band together and find our children.
Bcuz just like Lifetime Movies if you're black, it's high unlikely you'll have a movie made about you,
and if you're black you'd be lucky to find urself on a cracker jack box if you went missing.

We STILL have not overcome.


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