Missing Black Girls in DC, a clarification

A reporter at NBC’s (very reliable) local Washington, DC station spoke to representatives at the police department and one of the founders of the Black and Missing Foundation, and says there has never been a day when 14 young black kids in DC have gone missing. Nor is the rate of disappearances higher than it’s been in the past. It is true that the police have recently started publicizing missing-person cases on social media (the opposite of “everybody’s ignoring this”), which is getting people found more quickly.

To quote the article:

So far this year, the District has logged a total of 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, according to the police department. All but a handful have been solved.

Twenty-two juvenile cases remained open as of March 24, according to the department’s website. Police only had the photos of 13 of these youth, who are considered “critical missing persons.”

They’re not being kidnapped. Those 488 cases that have been solved? In 100% of them, the teen left voluntarily (i.e. ran away).

The wholesale kidnap of DC’s young black women appears to be fictional. No idea who made the popular (and false) graphics that went viral, or why. I know some of you have been worried; I was. I’m thankful to NBC4 for clearing this up.


Incidentally, NBC4 is also the home station of Meet the Press. Which is, I have just discovered, the longest-running TV program in U.S. history. It’s been going since 1947.

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