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27 July 2005 @ 08:05 pm
Pregnant woman missing-- Latoyia Figueroa  
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/27/Philadelphia.missing/index.html

Trying to help spread the word about a missing woman who's not white and blond. Sorry to be cynical, but we are always remarking on those cases who get national attention being mostly white women or girls.

There are efforts to collect money for a reward:

http://allspinzone.com/blog/

This blogger has worked very hard and is beginning to get more national attention on this case. Yay bloggers! He started by trying to shame Nancy Grace into giving this story the kind of attention those middle class white women get...

 
 
 
(Anonymous) on July 28th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
stup[idity
a dumb white woman who hates her own race. That sounds like deep seated racism on your part. get over it and vote for bush
Tapatitapati on July 28th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: stup[idity
hahahahaha, ROFL

What a leap, from the fact that I want national attention to be given to this young black mother like it already is to white women, to the idea I hate white women? I'm happy if attention is given to any missing woman, but I can't help but notice that the media chooses white, pretty women to focus on rather than all the other missing people in the world, including a young Asian woman in my community several years ago.

You sound like just the sort of people who do vote for Bush. But since he isn't able to run a third time, I guess no one will vote for him ever again.
Angiextremeroswellia on July 28th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: stup[idity
Oh, there will be idiots who will try, I'm sure...like the above poster. What a moron. Oy. I hate it when people don't even have the guts to sign their name to their own stupidity.
(Anonymous) on July 28th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
Reality Check
Check THIS out:


http://capitalregionpeople.blogspot.com/2005/07/much-ado-about-latoyia-figueroa.html
Tapatitapati on July 28th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
So? Looked like one girl experimenting with different looks, as young women tend to do. I don't see any point except that they have an agenda.

I just think a pregnant woman who is missing and didn't get to school to pick up her other child ought to be covered just as much as anyone else who is missing has been. Why is Lacey Peterson's name a household word, even before we found the body? Everyone said it was because she was pregnant. Well, Latoyia is pregnant!
(Anonymous) on July 30th, 2005 03:55 am (UTC)
THE REASON NO ONE CARES
This story has reinforced every negative stereotype about inner-city minorities. The interview with LaToyia’s best friend was classic. She said: “She could have been picked up by anyone, her baby’s fatha, or one of the other guys she’s messin’ with.” The national news anchors who have been bullied into covering this story are obviously doing so with complete disinterest, humiliation and disdain. The reason stories like this don’t make the news is b/c Latoyia’s lifestyle is anathema to that of most people, and the lifestyle itself is dangerous in most people’s judgment, and the very reason why she is missing. Yes, it is bigger news, much bigger, when a girl with a full scholarship to college, who is bright, articulate, and pretty disappears on a vacation to an island beach resort. It makes sense, like it or not.

Tapatitapati on July 30th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: THE REASON NO ONE CARES
I personally think it is disgusting to see someone as worth less as a human being for their "lifestyle" and assume that they should not be searched for as earnestly as any other American citizen. So she's young and, yes, pretty and sought after by more than one man. That's a crime now, worthy of going missing and maybe getting murdered? Then many of us should have disappeared in our youth...

There are two children to consider here too, the unborn one (where are the right to lifers now?) and the one waiting for her Mom to come home. Anyone who is considering their plight with disdain and disinterest needs a big reality check.
(Anonymous) on August 2nd, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
Re: THE REASON NO ONE CARES
You sound so stupid, so because a person is not able to go to college or pretty is not worthy of life. Are if something happens to them there not worthy of having the same channels to search for them. You make no sense saying that the Natlie case is bigger news then Latoya when both are missing and deserves not to be. You are so dumb.....
Tapatitapati on July 30th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
I'd like to highlight this comment from the All Spin Zone blog, as it presents something that in terms of class I also notice as I observe media. I also feel overlooked as a working class woman who has made it to the lower rungs of middle classdom. The assumed audience of newscasts and magazines is also middle class, not poor or working class. I read a financial column regularly that speaks of the dilemma of funding the kids' college fund vs having cash for emergencies and 401Ks. Never will it talk about the dilemma of getting the car fixed to get to work with vs food on the table! So imagine for a moment that you are black in America and watching the nightly news:


Michael Gibson wrote:

lol
You mean she first had to be Pretty- Black, Pregnant AND Hispanic?
To finally garner the attention usually reserved for precious white females?
Now mind you this is just one black female. I don’t think this lone story will start a trend of sorts. I mean God forbid black women and children should be held in the same esteem as their white counterparts.

I have been writing USA Today, CNN, and FOX News; as well as my local paper about this issue. As a black male of 47 years, no one institution in American reminds me of my position as “Minority” more than the News Media.

I am reminded on a daily bases that I have a place in society, and it rates below that position reserved for white males and females and their children.
That I am not as precious- nor am I as valuable as a white female/male child.
Even during the local news broadcast it’s like we blacks do not exist.
Unless we have done something wrong to raise the ire of white society we get hardly a mention. Our triumphs and our successes are downplayed, while our negatives are exploited to the fullest. Ask any black person about the local news and note their response.

We make the front page of the paper as “Fugitive of the week,” or if we have shot or stole from someone. While in contrast, the lighter more pleasant side of the news is reserved solely for Middle Class Whites living in the suburbs. Oh the wonderful things that are going on in the suburbs. Negative information is down-played and minimized so as not to reflect badly on the community. Whites are doing such wonderful things as blood drives, and charity/religious work of all sorts. White male sportscasters play up the latest news in the suburbs with regards to soccer, volleyball softball, and baseball scores.

As if blacks did not participate in sports at any level.

The concerns of the inner city get virtually ignored. We just don’t exist in white eyes.
Those making the decisions in the back room of the local media outlets are mostly white males. Who apparently have a world view of themselves, and apply it with a broad brush. Anything that may be of interest to their white viewers gets priority. The assumption being that when you are addressing the camera, that you are speaking to a white middle-class male.
continued--

Tapatitapati on July 30th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)

continued from above--

Even stories about pets rate higher on their list than stories about blacks. Abuse a pet and you will incur the wrath of white society. Abuse a black male/female- and oh well, its probably drug-related. Let a white child perish in a car crash, or die of disease; and we will know everything about that child.

His hopes and dreams will be recalled in explicit detail. Every nuance of his life will be explored to the fullest. There will be a memorial fund set up for him. A candlelight vigil will mark the place of his/her passing. School mates and teachers will be interviewed at length.

And most often than not, a Bill will be introduced- and passed, to make sure this tragedy never happens again.

The Amber Alert- Megan's Law and other ordinances passed because a white child has been lost. For this is a loss to the community and possibly to the world. Let a black child die, and it’s mentioned in passing…but never- ever- followed up on; or treated with the same concern as his white counterpart.

Minority related topics do not make for compelling news.
White female in peril reflects what we see at the box office. It makes for compelling copy. White child in peril harkens back to the days of Lassie, and Rin-Tin-Tin.

As minorities we just don’t figure in. We aren’t worthy of the same consideration.
The Amber alert is basically just a “Be on the lookout for missing white child” Alarm.

Its not applied equally, nor fairly across racial socio-economic lines. And it pains me every time one is issued. I get mad, and then I get hurt. The assumption being that only a white child/woman is worthy of the attention reserved for Kings and Queens.

I am glad to finally see some movement, some concern for the value of our lives. But it took a lot didn’t it? Look how much sand had to be raised before it caught the eye of someone in the media. Must this be done for every black person? Do we have to go to such lengths to just be treated fairly in this country?
Fair and balanced my ass.
07/29/05 07:14:51