In the past three weeks at least 19 D.C. black and latinx teens have gone missing.
Their disappearance received little coverage but only on local channels until Twitter user @blackmarvelgirl’s tweet about 8 girls missing gamed over 30,000 retweets in a 12 hour span. Now the alarming number of missing D.C. black and latinx teens are getting more coverage.
There are many theories as to why black and brown children go missing with little fanfare from major media coverage. The Root reports that is due to the “missing white women syndrome,” a phrase the late journalist Gwen Ifill coined. It means that the media disporportionately covers more cases of missing people when the victim is a young, white, upper-middle class women or girls than when it is a women of other ethnicities, socioeconomic classes, or with missing males.
The aforementioned statement can be backed with the statistic that black people in general go missing at a rate of nearly 40 percent. But only make up 13 percent of the total population. And of those missing, the media is still 4 times less likely to report about it compared to when a white person goes missing. It’s even more when the missing is a black woman.
At this moment, we don’t have a clear answer as to why these many young D.C. black and latinx teens have gone missing, but we need to make a harder effort to find them.
If you have any information concerning the missing teens, contact the Washington D.C. Police Department at (202) 727-9099.
(Information via DC Police)
Yahshaiyah Enoch, 13 – missing from the 5000 block of Kimi Grey Court SE. Last seen Wednesday, March 8, 2017 around 11:00pm
Aniya McNeil, 13 – missing from the 1100 block of New Jersey Avenue NW around 9:27am
Shaniah Boyd, 14 – missing from the 4000 block of 6th Street in Southeast D.C. Last seen Saturday at around 9:30 p.m.
Michael Carrera-Mason, 14 – missing from the 5000 block of Kimi Gray Court in Southeast. Last seen at noon Monday
Juliana Otero, 15 – missing from the 3500 block of 11th street, NW. Last seen March 3 at 10:48pm.
Antwan Jordan, 15 – missing from the 2300 block of Hartford Street, SE. Last seen March 4 at 4 pm.
Jacqueline Lassey, 15 – missing from the 1200 block of Morse Street NE. Last seen Friday, March 10, 2017 around 8:00pm
Dashann Trikia Wallace, 15 – missing from the 200 block of I Street SE. Last seen Wednesday, March 8, 2017 around 12:30pm
Dayanna White, 15 – missing from the 100 block of Ivanhoe Street SW. Last seen Monday March 3, 2017 around 8:00am
Morgan Richardson, 15 – missing from the 1900 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE. Last seen Thursday March 6, 2017 around 8:00am
Talisha Coles, 16 – missing from the 1000 block of Maryland Avenue NE. Last seen Tuesday March 4, 2017 around 7:25am
Chareah Payne, 17 – missing from the 4700 block of 1st Street in Southwest D.C. Last seen on Friday at around 4:30 p.m.
Keon Herder, 19 – missing from the 5200 block of Dix Street Northeast. Last seen March 3
Gladys Keitt, 18 – missing from the 200 block of Randolph Place, Northeast. Last seen March 2.
Taylor Innis, missing from the 4700 block of 5th Street NW. Last seen Friday, March 10, 2017 around 10:30pm
Jaylen Lee, 14 – missing from the 1000 block of Maryland Avenue, Northeast. Last seen March 18.
Keon McNeill, 17 – missing from the Unit blof of Quincy Place, NE. Last seen March 15 at 1:43 pm.
Dayana Paz, 14 – missing from the 3800 block of 5th Street, Northwest. Last seen March 16 at 5:30 pm.
Makel Barnes, 15 – missing from the Unit block of Galveston Street, SW. Last seen March 15 at 3:30pm.