#MissingDCGirls

By: Azzy Herrera

 

Although there may be some apparent fabrication of the truth behind the recent issue of young women going missing in D.C circulating, there’s no denying there is an issue. The question that arose and had people on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram demanding attention to the situation, is why isn’t the media putting more light on the subject to the public. Upon such statements, Washington PD has taken their force of action to social media to help raise awareness of the missing black and Latina girls in the area after ten girls have gone missing this last week alone.  Washington PD began circulating the releases of the missing persons on Twitter, where the DC police department has about 160,000 followers.

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After the hashtags began circulating, Washington PD began to explain the truth behind the numbers of those teens missing. The number of missing persons has remained the same since 2014, sources claim. The only difference, Washington PD states, between here and then is the emphasis on reporting these missing persons on Twitter.

@momodamermaid @ReaganGomez this epidemic should be on every news channel. @DCPoliceDept what is this?

@bonsaidream@momodamermaid@ReaganGomez There is not an uptick in missing persons-we are simply using social media more to help locate them

Social networks, especially Twitter, is the millennial’s way of spreading every and anything going on in their daily lives. What better way to spread the information than by a tweet that will literally take about 8 seconds to resonate in the reader’s mind and allow them to be on the lookout for that person’s whereabouts.  This is just one example of the pros of the use of social networks, especially, in this case, for people of color. It’s a proven fact missing children of color happens way more frequently than white children, but receive far less media coverage. In a world where color is somehow playing a big role again (Trump’s world), Overall, Twitter has been playing an essential key factor in cases involving persons and victims of color.

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