Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Please Check Out

Today, Blogspot featured a eye opening blog I believe everyone needs to read.

Black & Missing but Not Forgotten. I saw the name and clicked over. Blog after blog of children, missing. Children I'd never seen on the news. Child after child, some missing weeks. A missing 12 year old girl that was 8 months pregnant, but not even reported.
Enough about Octomom.

I want to hear about this young child/mother. Is she okay? Surely the government doesn't assume that since she's black she was promiscuous at 11?
Does it? If someone deserves a protector, let it be her.

From toddlers to teenaged honor students, these missing children have never gotten media attention. How many mothers out there would be freaking out if their child was missing one day? Why doesn't someone bring attention to these babies? How could this be?
It could be, because:
1. This is not your average hillbilly stuff we're dealing with. This is the media & our Government shortcomings.
Even in northern states, major cities. I'm not scared of Hillbilly Racism. The stereotypical hillbilly is frowned upon in general, not as a matter of race, but for everything but race.
(I'm not referring to all Southern caucasian folks as hillbillies. The hillbillies I'm talking about are, um...they are children left to fend for themselves behind the trailer while their parents lit old cigarette butts and bleached their mullets. Children that were not correctly parented, let's say, and now they've grown up. But they don't scared me. And Thank God their votes for scarey Sarah Palin didn't frighten me either.)

The issue of racism is not a imaginary weight on the shoulders of the African American community. Racism is real. It's real, and so intertwined into daily life that you can go without even noticing it. If you're white.
When Adam Walsh went missing years ago, John Walsh said the police didn't even know how to make a poster. The strides that have been made to find children are immense.
Halfway up the ladder you are higher up. why stand halfway?
Maybe someone could come up with some sort of letter writing campaign to make it mandatory for every missing child to be posted on the news. Even as still photos & descriptions. You can comment that it would take too long to do that. Is that because you have to get your weather three times during a one hour news broadcast? (If so, sacrifice one of those and flip over the The Weather Channel afterwards. Every 8 minutes, there.) Replace the traffic reports?
You can then say that posting a photo doesn't mean we'll be able to do anything to help that child. Maybe you're place is not to help the child. Maybe you're place is to CARE about the child. The media has a such huge impact on our view of the world...
Make room for all children as though every child were your own. Make the world care because those children are our own.
I don't know what I can actually do, except refer you to that site.
People underestimate their capacity for change.
There is never a right time to do a difficult thing.
A leader's job is to help people have vision of their potential.
John Porter
perhaps the five people that click on my blog today will in turn click on that blog.
And maybe they have blogs, better bigger ones.
And then maybe they'll write about too.
today maybe you're the leader those missing children are looking for.
~Thanks for stopping in~


  1. Kat: You are absolutely amazing! What an incredibly beautiful, thoughtful, passionate post. I am so very proud of you for taking a stand, and for being all about your convictions. You are absolutely right: If every last one of us said, "NO MORE IGNORING THESE CHILDREN," perhaps a life could be saved. Even if only one life, that life is priceless, no matter the color, no matter the ethnicity, no matter the parental lineage, no matter the economic status... there is NO GOOD REASON for ignoring these babies.

    That site is incredible, and this post, Kat, should be a reminder to all who read it that each one of us has a responsibility to do what's right.

    I thank you for caring about ALL children. It really does mean the world to me.


  2. LostNMissing, ran by a gal who makes banners for the Lost and Missing, has been entered into a contest on Twitter.

    If she ends up in the final twenty, she will have a huge spotlight put on her work that highlights the Lost and Missing.

    I run and was contacted by one of her people.

    The Twitter page keeps giving people a hard time opening and a lot of people give up trying to vote. As a result, all the pretty girls that are in it just for fame are winning. Some already famous people are in the contest too, like Oprah.

    People can vote twice an hour, and the contest ends, June 8, 2009.

    Information can be found on a page of mine:

    Thanks for any help,
    Debra J.M. Smith