#MissingDCGirls Trends As Social Media Discusses Increase In Missing Black And Latino Girls
By Shawn Rice
People on social media are campaigning to find D.C.’s missing youths after an Instagram post claiming 14 girls had disappeared in D.C. over a 24-hour period went viral across social media. However, reports are stating that the post is inaccurate.
The hashtag #MissingDCGirls is being used to bring attention to the heightened visibility of a large number of missing children and teens in Washington, D.C., particularly black and Latino girls. The hashtag is being used to help locate them and raise awareness. But, D.C. police and other experts also warn against the spreading of misinformation.
— Ashley Peters (@Ashlanna7) March 24, 2017
D.C. police have shared 20 missing person fliers on Twitter; 10 of these people were juveniles but as of Friday, six of the juveniles were found while four were still missing person fliers on Twitter D.C. police have said there has been no increase in the number of missing persons in their jurisdiction. They are just sharing information in a new way to make use of social media.
According to the Associated Press, black lawmakers including Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La. and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., have called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.”
Here are some reactions on social media to the hashtag. What did you think of the hashtag and the issue? Let us know in the comments section.
500 young girls, mostly black and Latina, have gone missing in D.C. right under Trump’s nose. He has failed to keep us safe. #missingdcgirls
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) March 24, 2017
If these girls were white we would have heard all about it. Makes me sick, they are children! Do something!! #missingdcgirls
— Daisy D (@SwopeDiana) March 24, 2017
— Candice Patton (@candicekp) March 24, 2017
#Missingdcgirls & many similar stories have been ignored for far too long. From human trafficking to runaways, one missing girl is too many.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 24, 2017
So a bunch of little girls have gone missing and we’re finding out on social media instead of news networks #missingdcgirls
— __G££K101 (@NegresseCreolee) March 24, 2017
Celebrities were also tweeting about the hashtag.
For all who are not aware and for all who care… pic.twitter.com/zXjQhQCfbC
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 24, 2017
— Sean Diddy Combs (@diddy) March 24, 2017