Reading both of these articles make me think of the young 15 year black girl in the Jamaica community who was pimped out for FOUR MONTHS by St. Alban’s thug, Joseph Gilbert at Rev, Floyd Flake’s Greater Allen Senior Residence on Merrick Blvd (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/11-days-the-flakes-and-greater-allen-church-have-made-no-comment-about-underage-girl-being-pimped-out-of-greater-allen-cathedral-senior-residence-for-four-months-plus-some-new-info-arises/) and that the Flakes, Greater Allen Church, local black elected officials like Meeks, Comrie, Hyndman, Miller (all in that district) local Jamaica church leaders, Greater Allen Church sheeple, I mean worshipers, Queens Borough President & mother Melinda Katz, black Public Advocate Letitia James and a whole host of others who have to this day, have yet to make a comment or speak out about this atrocity that happened in Flake’s HUD senior residence. It is as if this 15 year old black girl never existed. Nor have they commented on the number of underage girls of color who have had this same fate in Jamaica and SE Queens (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/sex-trafficking-of-underage-girls-of-color-in-jamaica-se-queens-is-alive-and-well-but-you-certainly-dont-hear-elected-officials-or-community-leaders-speaking-out-especially-when-it-happens-i/). Again, like it does not exist or never happens.
When Howard Beach’s Karina Vetrano was viciously murdered in 2016 while jogging, the news media played this story with numerous photos of Vetrano continuously for months and months, yet when young D’aja Robinson was fatally shot in the head on a MTA bus by a couple of hood rats, the story played for maybe two days at that. Both females and young, though Robinson was a young teen, both pretty, but one was white, the other black. Not to take anything away from Vetrano and what her family went through, but Robinson had a family as well and she did not deserve this fate caused by Jamaica hood rats with guns.
But back to the young girl pimped out for FOUR MONTHS at Flake’s Senior Residence. Everyone should be appalled by this act, but also appalled by a community and it’s so-called leaders silent on this issue, because they put politics first over constituents and a young girl. AND if you are a black women and especially a black woman in the Jamaica community, you should be majorly angered at how this community and the powerful Flakes and Greater Allen Church are sweeping this under the rug. YOU SHOULD BE DEMANDING that elected officials speak up and the Flake’s and Greater Allen Church come clean on this.
As The Daily News Shaun King stated in the 2nd article:
It’s no accident that we hear so little about missing black girls in this country
and it is no accident that we hear NOTHING, not a little, but NOTHING in regards to this young girl kidnapped and forced into prostitution at Flake’s Greater Allen Senior Residence for FOUR MONTHS.
From The Daily News:
A study Georgetown University academics conducted found adults view black girls as more adult-like than their white peers, especially in the 5-14 age range.
The report, “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood,” was published Tuesday by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality.
The study revealed that adults think black girls seem older and require less nurturing and protection than white girls of the same age. It also found adults think black girls know more about sex than their white counterparts.
“What we found is that adults see black girls as less innocent and less in need of protection,” said report author Rebecca Epstein.
“This new evidence of what we call the ‘adultification’ of black girls may help explain why black girls in America are disciplined much more often and more severely than white girls — across our schools and in our juvenile justice system,” she added.
Epstein’s study was based on a survey of 325 adults from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds and educational levels from across the United States.
The report also cites stats showing black girls are five times more likely to be suspended from school as white girls, and twice as likely to be suspended as white boys.
Additionally, the study found black girls make up just under 16% of the female school population, but account for 28% of referrals to law enforcement, and 37% of arrests.
From The Daily News:
Today, through all of the noise about Donald Trump and his lies, I heard her name for the very first time. The sweet little 8-year-old girl, which is the same age of my precious daughter, Savannah, has been missing for three long years. She lived in a D.C.-area homeless shelter with her mother before she was last seen on camera with a janitor at the facility. That janitor in March 2014 was suspected of killing his wife and days later, committed suicide. While many people presume Relisha is dead, clues of her whereabouts have gone cold. She has vanished.
I study and obsess over injustice and inequity for a living and haven’t heard anyone talking about Relisha.
This is not an accident. Thousands and thousands of young black girls and women are missing all over the country, but most people can’t name a single one of them. I asked a few people this morning, just as a test, if they could. They couldn’t. They didn’t even know that anybody was missing.
How would they? The stories of young black girls and women who are missing don’t get the Elizabeth Smart or Natalee Holloway treatment. We don’t see primetime television specials on them. Their images don’t become permanent fixtures on Twitter. Their names don’t get hashtags or trending topics. Nationwide manhunts or search parties don’t ensue. Crying black parents, pleading for their children to be found, don’t interrupt our sitcoms as breaking news.
It appears that 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.
Washington, D.C., appears to have a particular problem. Two young black girls, Shaniah Boyd and Chareah Payne, have gone missing just this past week and many other open cases remain open from 2017 alone.
None of this is OK. It’s not OK that so many people go missing, but the fact that being young and black makes it so unlikely that we will ever hear the story or know the name or see the face is particularly disturbing. Officials in D.C. are quick to say that 95% of the cases of disappearing girls and women have been resolved, but the fact remains that of the 5% that haven’t, all 37 of the girls and women are black and Latina. This trend is not unique to D.C. Black girls and women represent an outrageously disproportionate percentage of the number of people missing in this country.
Have you heard of Phoenix Coldon? She’s been missing since 2011.
How about Makayla Randall? She’s been missing since 2012.
Here in New York, more than a dozen black and Latina girls in the Bronx went missing in recent years — prompting many to believe they were being abducted or forced into prostitution.
So, the crisis is two-fold. The sheer volume of missing people in this country, particularly young black girls, must be addressed. The complex systems and structures and mechanisms needed to address this problem must be better. Of course that’s no easy feat. Each story behind each missing person is unique, but it’s often felt by families that their missing children just aren’t seen as the priority that they should be. Secondarily, how the media covers these cases, and how we all become aware of them, must change. While we can cross our fingers that mainstream outlets will do better, history tells me that’s a bad bet. Those of us who care and are passionate about this crisis would be better off building and funding our own solutions or supporting those that have already started.
I’ve heard many times that if your child is missing, that as soon as you hang up with the police, you should call a PR firm. Some families, particularly families who can afford it, have done just that. Perhaps a network of PR firms would be willing to donate their services around this issue to ensure that these stories are widely known? Whatever the case, what we have right now is simply not enough.