ARE MISSING MINORITIES GETTING THE SAME SOCIAL MEDIA EXPOSURE AS OUR WHITE COUNTERPARTS?

Why is it so easy to make things that have little to no meaning go viral? 

Wild teen fights, parodies, and entertainment news seem to spread like wildfire on social media. Yet it seems that when it concerns a young person’s life, sometimes the shares and likes seem to come when it’s too late, or worse, not at all!  It’s one thing to find out someone is missing; but it’s another to find out ten young girls have disappeared within the same week.

Yes! 10 black and latina girls went missing in Washington D.C.!  Research has shown that only a few have been found in good health and are now home safe with their families. Now I’m not saying that because these young girls are black and latina, they deserve more sympathy or social media exposure. But what I am saying is that they deserve the same resources, technology, and social media shares to get them back to their families!

As of late, there has been a change in how the police are advised to handle a missing persons case. Due to the fast-growing social media age, police have now started using popular social media sites to look for the missing instead of broadcasting solely on the news like they used to do in the past. More often than not, by the time these missing persons cases show up on our local or national news…the missing person is usually white. Black and Latino missing persons rarely get the same exposure.

So my question to you is; with technology growing so fast, is social media taking over the way we share news (both good and bad)? Is this new method helping or hurting the recovery of our minorities? Will their safe return only be based off how many likes or shares they get?

 

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