Missing African American Women and Children in the United States of America
WHEREAS, according to the National Crime Information Center, nearly 40 percent of those who have disappeared, often are black. However, many are alleging that the media mostly only focuses on white women who have disappeared as opposed to African American women and their children; and
WHEREAS, the Black and Missing Foundation reported in 2010 that a total of 273,985 minorities were reported missing in the United States out of 692,944 for all races. They also report that most women disappear in the states of New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Florida; and
WHEREAS, hundreds of African American families are left with painful details of wondering what has happened to their loved ones. Many black women and children have been missing for decades; and
WHEREAS, as currently, more than 64,000 black women remain missing across the United States; and
WHEREAS, despite representing 12.85% of the population, black Americans accounted for nearly 226,000 or 34% of all missing persons reported in 2012. According to the FBI's National Crime Information Center, the comparison with other racial groups is unfavorable. Whites and Hispanics are a combined 80% of the population, but account for 60% of missing persons; and
WHEREAS, when you break down the numbers by age, the Black and Missing Foundation reports that 37% of missing minors and 28%.2% of missing adults in 2013 were black. No fewer than 270,000 minorities have gone missing since 2010, 135,000 of whom were black and 64,000 were black women and girls were missing nationwide, according to the Black and Missing Foundation 2014 Report; and
WHEREAS, according the National Crime Information Center, there were 170,899 missing black children under age 18 in the United States in 2016; and
WHEREAS, how the missing reports are handled by the media raises concern. Critics citing a stark racial divide in news coverage of missing reports of African Americans and in particular African Women and children.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that this resolution request the National Association for the Advancement of Color People research new and recent updates on African American women and children who are missing.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP host town hall meetings between lawmakers, law enforcement, justice department officials, and child advocate groups on missing black women and their children.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the National Association of Colored People insist that all media coverage be equal regardless of race, encourage that their names become permanent fixtures on Twitter, their names get hashtags or trending topics, nationwide man hunts or search parties take place, interrupt TV programs with BREAKING NEWS and that African American missing women and children's families be treated fairly in their time of their greatest need.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People encourage that more federal funding be allocated to agencies, groups, and organizations for the purpose of researching and locating missing women and children of color.