Recently, the people I follow on Twitter alerted me to the Shooting at the Holocaust Museum (which is only blocks from my job); the accident on the Metro's Red Line; and most recently the story about a missing black girl named Jada Justice.
Jada Justice is a two-year old girl from Gary, Indiana who was reported missing on June 16, 2009. What breaks my heart the most is that it's been over a week and I am just hearing about this. I'm a digger for information and pride myself on being knowledgeable about what is going on locally and globally. The media has all but ignored this case. I'm not going to say it's because she's a poor, Black child from Gary, Indiana but I have a feeling that has something to do with it.
It's disappointing that the media doesn't feel the need to draw any attention to Jada Justice's case. This child been missing for over a week and it is just now getting the attention of people like CNN's Nancy Grace? Here's the link. A week is a long time for a child to be missing. How can we be vigilant and on the look out when we don't even know she's missing?
Everyone knows about the Caylee Anthony case. It was on the news every single day all across the country for months, from the day she was reported missing July 2008 until it was announced her body was found in December 2008. Little Jada has been missing for a week and I have yet to hear about it in my local newspapers or local television stations. It's amazing to me how they can run a segment on a Nun who's running across the dessert for charity but they can't mention that a two-year old girl is missing. All I can say is someone's priorities are messed up!
If you're reading this and you're on twitter please RT the following:
Where's Jada? Missing Black Child Ignored by Major Media http://bit.ly/1410s5 Help Find #jadajustice
If you use Facebook, MySpace, or are a blogger, please make sure you let your network know about the Jada Justice case.
We cannot let the case of Jada Justice continue to go unnoticed. It is up to us to stand up and voice our concerns about the lack of media coverage for this innocent child. We must ask ourselves, where is the Justice for Jada?
Interesting Statistics on Missing Children
(information from http://www.kidsearchnetwork.org/research-statistics.html)
The Kidsearch Network believes that Immediate Response by an experienced search team is necessary. because,
- There is typically over a two hour delay in making the initial missing child report (60%)
- The vast majority (74%) of the abducted children who are murdered are dead within three hours of the abduction. (Source: Attorney General of the State of Washington, who did a study of cases reported to law enforcement in 1997)
- There are estimated to be about 100 cases per year in the US where a child is abducted and murdered.
- The victims of these cases are "average" children, leading normal lives, and living with normal families, typical low-risk victims.
- The vast majority of them are girls (76%), with the average age being slightly over 11 years of age.
- In 80% of cases, the initial contact between the victim and killer is within 1/4 mile of the victim's residence.
- Family involvement in this type of case is infrequent (9%). However, the relationship between the victim and the killer varies with the gender and age of the victim.
- The youngest females, 1-5 years old, tend to be killed by friends or acquaintances (64%), while the oldest females, 16-17 years old, tend to be killed by strangers (also 64%).