Letter to the Editor

When African Americans go missing, no one seems to notice

Regarding the April 19 The Root DC article “After 13 years, a D.C. mother is still missing”:

In the District, African Americans — people such as Allean Logan — go missing each year, but little effort is made to publicize these cases.

Americans are oblivious. They have no desire to learn about the dozens of black faces that vanish nationally every day. Elizabeth Smart and Natalee Holloway become the stuff of a national news media frenzy, while Ms. Logan’s story falls by the wayside.

As an African American woman, it pains me to say that this article came as no surprise. It only confirmed what I have been taught my entire life. Though I am a product of “African American affluence,” it does not negate my blackness.

The article cited a statistic that 30 percent of persons missing in the United States in 2008 were people of color. Although our government acknowledges these disappearances in pages of data, legal officials and national media outlets can barely cite a case by name. Herein lies the problem.

Yinka Robinson, Silver Spring

 
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