tell the truth

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we must tell the truth. #dcmissinggirls
a post has been circulating claiming that 14 black girls went missing in the D.C. area in 24 hours this week, an apparent spike in the trend. according to D.C. police, that statistic is not quite correct. some of the girls in the pictures in the viral post have been missing for years, and some are not from D.C., but there is still a problem here. there might not have been 14 in 24 hours, but there are too many missing black girls. and we aren’t hearing their names. the girl in this picture i’m reposting from @zendaya is named Relisha Rudd. she was last seen in a D.C. area homeless shelter with her mother in 2014. i learned about her from @shaunking – i had never heard of her before. this is not right.
the truth is, the outcry about missing black girls and teens is not misplaced. it just should have started much earlier. the truth is that the number of black girls missing across the US is disproportional, and it’s not a new phenomenon. it’s a consistent trend. yes, many of these cases are runaways and are quickly resolved. but many are not. there are still too many black girls who have not been found. we need to say their names.
as shaun points out, “having blonde hair and blue eyes, and having white parents in suburban America, makes it far more likely that a story of a missing young girl will be told.” it is so difficult to find accurate, up-to-date and trustworthy information these days, especially on situations that don’t get the most media attention. we must be vigilant in doing our research and trying our best to only share facts. refer to @dcpolicedept on twitter for updates on missing persons. white women and pink pussy hat wearers – if your solidarity is real, raise your voice about this issue. keep telling the truth.