Have You Seen This Woman?
Of course you haven't,...
- She's not white
- She's not blue-eyed and blond
- She's not exactly telegenic
- She is Afro-Hispanic
- She's pregnant (out of wedlock)
- She has another child
- She's a single mom
WHAT HAPPENED TO LATOYIA?
And why did it take so long for her disappearance to become national news?
By SIMONE WEICHSELBAUM
UNTIL yesterday Latoyia Figueroa was just another missing woman.
But only a handful of people knew the 24-year-old pregnant mother was gone.
That was until her cousin, City Councilman Juan Ramos, gathered fellow politicos for an afternoon press conference imploring the public to help find her.
It is rare that a minority missing-person case has attracted so much attention, cops said. According to the FBI, as of July 1, there were about 48,000 missing adults, 7,000 of whom are black women. The disappearance of none of those black women has netted major national news.
Jeremy Gaines, spokesman for MSNBC, wrote in an e-mail response to the Daily News, "there's No simple formula."
Wow,..I hope Mr. Gaines didn't get hurt side-stepping that question! I think that's an MSM catchphrase for "she's not a white girl," but read on,...
A quick Google search of recent news items featuring Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teen who vanished two months ago while on vacation in Aruba, turned up 509 articles.
As of 9:30 last night, Figueroa's name appeared in 12 Google news hits.
There is a "human hierarchy which puts white women victims at the upper end," said Keith Woods, dean of the faculty at the Poynter Institute for journalists.
"Racism is somewhere in the mix but it isn't the whole thing," he said.
There, the Citizens Crime Commission announced a $10,000 reward for any tips leading to Figueroa's discovery and several city leaders asked the public to help police find her.
Meanwhile, blogger Richard Blair, aka Richard Cranium, of The All Spin Zone thought Figueroa's picture should be all over the cable-news networks and morning talk shows.
Blair spent the weekend posting his views up on his blog, criticizing CNN for not picking up on the story.
Other bloggers followed suit, and now Figueroa is more than just a Philadelphia story.
I'm posting this story not so much because Miss Figueroa is missing (many others, as noted, have taken up her cause), but to point out a glaring oops in the MSM spin machine: Isn't it funny that such paragons of MSM liberalism such as MSNBC and CNN practice the very racism they continually denounce? Kinda like the ACLU's two-faced value system, huh?
(Hat Tip to ALa for a related story)