Increased media attention led members of congress to ask the FBI to help them locate the missing teens. In a letter penned to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey, CBC chairman Cedric Richmond stated,
“Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing.”
D.C. police stands by their claim that despite media attention, the number of missing children has decreased from 2015 to 2016, according to NY Mag. But the department did not specify if that decrease applied for minority girls in the area.
We previously reported, thanks to a series of viral tweets, the world has learned the names of 10 women of color who disappeared from the Washington, D.C. area over the past 10 days.
Twitter user @BlackMarvelGirl tweeted out photos and information about 8 Black girls who were reported missing in the last week on Sunday night. @BlackMarvelGirl’s tweets gained traction receiving 35,000 retweets in 12 hours, Teen Vogue reports.
The stream of tweets illuminated the erasure of missing women of color from major media outlets. The erasure of our girls is particularly disturbing, when paired side by side with widely covered incidents of missing White women.