Where Is Kalisha Madden, and Where is Media Coverage of Black Missing Persons?
26 year-old Kalisha Madden has been missing since November 28th. She was last seen leaving her job at the Sting Gentleman’s club in Detroit at 3am.
Her family is desperate for information regarding her whereabouts, yet Madden is receiving very little coverage from national media outlets.
As Madame Noire astutely points out, missing people of color receive far less media coverage than missing whites. Are our lives somehow less valuable?
“Kalisha’s case is being covered by local Detroit media but national news outlets have yet to cover the disappearance as Scott feels they should.
‘It’s very disheartening and frustrating because large media outlets can get everybody looking. Those first few days are the most important time in situations like this,’ Scott said.
The family’s frustrations are further exacerbated by the fact that Michelle Parker, a 33 year old white woman who was last seen on November 17, has received significant national media attention in the last month.
Derrica Wilson, co-founder of Black and Missing Foundation, Inc., says there are several reasons why Kalisha’s case is not receiving the attention it deserves, one of them being Kalisha’s occupation as an exotic dancer and the fact that she’s the mother of six children.”
And if you have any info regarding Kalisha Madden’s whereabouts, contact Detroit police at (313) 596-1000 or Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK UP. You can also leave anonymous tips at Black and Missing Foundation Inc.’s website, www.bamfi.org.
Does the mainstream media see the lives of people of color as less valuable?
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