More important, where is mainstream media’s concern?
By: GotDemocracy.net Admin on: Fri 22 of June, 2007 17:00 EDT (9556+ Reads)
Have you heard of Stepha Henry? Or even Phylicia Moore, or Tamika Antonette Huston? It’s sad that even in 2007, this has to be discussed because it is actually an issue.
This week, over a hundred volunteers gathered in Ohio to begin a massive search effort for Jesse Davis, a pregnant white woman who disappeared from her home, with her infant boy being left alone abandoned. And the volunteers gathered within days of her disappearance.
Stepha Henry, a 22-year prominent female law student from John Jay University, disappeared while visiting her family in Miami last month during Memorial Day weekend. She was last seen at a nightclub and has not been seen or heard from since. The friend she went to the club with has no idea as to what happened to her, nor the car they drove to the club in.
Jesse Davis’ story has been aired hourly since the news of her disappearance broke. It’s very dramatic, and low and behold, the estranged father of her children is a black man. Is the media preparing the town torches early? However, Lacy Peterson’s husband was white and the media coverage was 24/7. The only thing which interrupted Jesse Davis’ story was the news of 9 Charleston, South Carolina firefighters dying while fighting a fire.
Meanwhile, there has been minimal coverage for Stepha Henry, a black female. And most of the coverage has been the result of persistence from the family of Stepha Henry.
But the differences in coverage for both Jesse Davis and Stepha Henry has been a hot issue since the Natalee Holloway story. While there was non-stop coverage for Holloway, there was dismal coverage for Tamika Antonette Huston. Tamika is black and so is Phylicia Moore. While Phylicia Moore is not missing, her story is similar to Natalee Holloway – she drowned mysteriously while on a school trip to Africa.
Last year, a white female college student, Taylor Behl disappeared from campus. Immediately, there was round the clock coverage with a sense of urgency – stop what you are doing people and only pay attention to this MOST important story.
Just recently, another white female, 18-year Kelsey Smith, was abducted leaving a Target store. Another round of non-stop coverage begins with a sense of urgency.
Stepha’s family has had to contact the media directly. Meanwhile, the media is banging down doors in the other cases, including contacting their friends, invading their privacies, and painting surreal picture-perfect environments for the victims. By the time the stories die down, you practically have medical records and report cards of the missing white females.
Meanwhile, as the persistent stories of missing white females are aired, our soldiers are dying in high numbers in Iraq, 3-years after victory has been declared, and many more years after intelligence reports, just prior to the Iraq war, declared that entering Iraq would be a disaster.
One problem being created by the differences in media coverage is many across the country are questioning why one type of missing person is more important than another. And in other cases, persons are turning off their television sets or changing channels quickly than Paris Hilton can create more drama because of The Missing White Woman Syndrome (Anderson Cooper, CNN). The stories of missing white women and children are so persistent while people are standing in their own homes and neighborhoods looking at their own unresolved problems.
But the coverage stories of missing, and also attractive, black females is dismal. Almost as if the media is trying to say, our viewers and advertisers feel these white females are more important.
Immediately, when I heard a few days ago of the volunteer search campaign for Jesse Davis I asked the same question others around me asked, “huh? where is the effort for Stepha Henry?“. Well, I can shed some light on that. Stepha’s family hadn’t heard of Equusearch, the organization searching for Jesse Davis, until mainstream media announced their efforts had begun just a couple of days after Jesse Davis’ disappearance.
And vice versa, Equusearch hadn’t heard much of anything about Stepha Henry, because of disparaging media coverage and no contact from either the family, media or law enforcement. There also has to be permission from law enforcement to assist with the case. And per the founder of Equusearch, a search for Stepha is pending, right after he leaves Ohio. Hmph.
And given this one-sided media coverage, do we even know how many Asian or Hispanic female U.S. citizens are missing under similar circumstances? And if you look it at that way, what about men? Do they not matter? Apparently, missing males are equally as important to find as white women. There was equal and repetitive media coverage and a sense of urgency for two missing black boys, Purvis Virginia Parker, 11, and Quadrevion Henning, 12, who drowned near their homes as well as a white male boy, Ben Ownby, who was kidnapped by a pedophile, which led to the release of another captive teenager, Shawn Hornbeck.
Is it up to others to say, “hey, this is just not right”? Because the more you hear about one type of person missing, the more you begin questioning if we really are a nation of people, or just a nation of media worthy people, and the rest of the people don’t matter. Literally.
https://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/blog/2006/03/diagnosing-missing-white-woman.html|CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s Missing White Woman Syndrome Blog
https://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2007/06/you_still_dont_.html|USA Today Blogs