…and so begins the media blitz. First of all, its hilarious to me that this nation can even get into these frenzies as they do over missing people. People go missing every single day, there are starving and homeless children in the streets. Women get beat up and raped every couple of minutes… but the news has been talking about Natalee Holloway for the past two months. Dammit, I know the child’s name without looking it up.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s sad when a person is missing and/or killed. I feel for the parents, families and friends of any person who’s gone missing. I’ve had to deal with that situation in my own family more than once and it’s horrible. BUT the dissapearance of my teenage cousin didn’t make national news. There have been a couple of articles in the national news in the past couple of weeks about this love affair that the American public has with these white damsel in distress stories, so I’m not going to rehash anything that’s already been said by others, and that I’ve been saying since this ridiculousness started several years ago. The bottom line is that the media latches onto a story and rides it as long as the public’s attention will hold, and the general caucasian public loves to fret over white women.
So there’s been little to no coverage of Latoiya Figueroa, the pregnant mother of a seven year old who went missing in Philly a couple of weeks ago. Instead, the soup du jour is a missing white guy (how’s that for variety?) named… get this… George Smith. Can there be a more boring story? I mean, how much mystery and drama can you create out of a man missing from a boat in the middle of the ocean?
But the news has been trying its damndest anyway. Oy vey.