Wanted: Damsels in distress (minorities needn’t apply)

Where would cable news be without them? But if you aren’t sexy and white (preferably with blond hair) you don’t count for much in the eyes of America’s media. This is a great post, and it speaks volumes about our very selective concern for missing women and children.

The Discussion: 36 Comments

Hm, I remember a few years ago, a Black American comedian (sorry I forget his name) did a sketch on the TV show “Dr Katz”, and he said:

“Now, a Black man is the SAFEST man on an airplane. Think about it.
Some terrorists hijack an airplane, and they call the President and tell him: ‘Mr President, we are holding six Black people hostage, and if you don’t meet our demands we will….
….(click)….hello? Hello?……”

July 26, 2005 @ 4:02 pm | Comment


Sweet! That’s classic!!

Rich, I can imagine that the press is overly concerned with pretty, white, rich women missing. But this other lady has only been missing for a week so it isn’t quite comparable.

When she’s been missing for two months and there’s no interest, then you can complain 😉

July 26, 2005 @ 4:44 pm | Comment

When she’s been missing for two months and there’s no interest, then you can complain 😉

Why? The Aruba story broke within hours of Princess Muffin’s disappearance. It’s still being covered on CNN, 50-odd days later.

Not only do poor people get no coverage, rich people get overkill.

July 26, 2005 @ 4:49 pm | Comment

Richard, I really appreciate your picking up this story – Latoyia’s only one of many, but it’s time we called out the media ratings whores and hypocrites for what they are.

I’m not finished with this story yet, by any means. Until Nancy Grace gets something on her show about Latoyia, I’m going to keep pounding.

July 26, 2005 @ 5:15 pm | Comment

If that president was a black man, you might expect a different result.

July 26, 2005 @ 5:41 pm | Comment

Richard C., let me know if I can do more to help. Nancy Disgrace is an aberration and her pandering (and that of all the cable whores) to horny white men makes me sick.

July 26, 2005 @ 5:48 pm | Comment

Raj, I think you areseroiusly wrong. The “runaway bride” was missing only a few days when the media were salivating in unison over her. Black, hisp[anics and other minorities never get the media play of the attractive whites. Another pathetic example was Terri Schiavo; when it was a poor black lady in a parallel situation in Texas no one flinched. And that’s a fact.

July 26, 2005 @ 5:51 pm | Comment

And where is Chandra Levy?
By the way it’s not just about race; it’s also about economic class. Impoverished children are just EXPECTED to disappear, the sooner the better – because all good Neo-Calvinist Americans know, poverty is a sign of God’s disfavour. Impoversished children are poor because they didn’t work hard enough…

July 26, 2005 @ 5:57 pm | Comment

Looks like Latoyai had her hair straightened.Maybe that will fool someone into thinking she’s white.

July 26, 2005 @ 5:58 pm | Comment

If it was Latoya Jackson it would be all over CNN. Richard,I can’t stand Nancy Grace.She is soooo foul.

July 26, 2005 @ 6:05 pm | Comment

Well, there USED TO be a time in America when they made very serious efforts to find Blacks who disappeared. And the slavemasters would usually offer rewards too.
Whatever happened to that?

July 26, 2005 @ 6:21 pm | Comment

Ivan, you are so smart. Really. That’s a very Republican attitude — if you’re not a millionaire it’s proof of what a slacker you are.

July 26, 2005 @ 6:21 pm | Comment

Oh, Ivan, You so Cleeeever.Ivan,Is correct.I think many people still believe that poverty is a result of laziness.It’s not only Neo- Calvinist’s who believe this sorta thing.I have a few first gen Mexican-American friends who believe that ANYONE who works hard in AMERICA can make it.They think that the poor Mexicans are lazy. As Anyone who has ever worked with a Mexican person can tell you, thats BS. I don’t know too many white folks with 3 steady jobs.We are the lazy people.

July 26, 2005 @ 6:42 pm | Comment

Xena, you are wicked, but you just made me laugh very, very hard. Shame on you.

July 26, 2005 @ 6:46 pm | Comment

Was it my poor grammaner?

July 26, 2005 @ 6:47 pm | Comment


I think Ivan’s last statement was an ounce of sarcasm.

Which would explain why your liberal self didn’t pick up on it. 😛

July 26, 2005 @ 6:51 pm | Comment

Princess Xena,

There is a lot of truth to that statement. Immigrants have always been the ones busting their balls to make something of themselves in America.

They are probably the only ones who can tell you what the American dream really is.

July 26, 2005 @ 6:54 pm | Comment

Gordon, why do you think I was laughing? I live in Arizona, right alongside many of those tireless, never-resting Mexican friends. I got the sarcasm

July 26, 2005 @ 6:56 pm | Comment

True story: I have a Republican friend in America who criticizes his cats for being “lazy”….

July 26, 2005 @ 7:12 pm | Comment

Cats are lazy.

July 26, 2005 @ 7:18 pm | Comment

What would America do if Moesha went missing?

July 26, 2005 @ 7:23 pm | Comment

Now they’re draining an entire
 in search of the missing girl in Aruba.

July 26, 2005 @ 8:13 pm | Comment

It’s a pond. Don’t exaggerate.Entire pond.

July 26, 2005 @ 8:36 pm | Comment

Hey Pal! I wasn’t exaggerating. Take it up with Fox news. They are the ones who made the headlines.

July 26, 2005 @ 8:38 pm | Comment

One more reason NOT to read Fox news.Now what if Oprah went missing.They couldn’t dump her ass in a pond.Maybe Lake Superior.

July 26, 2005 @ 8:48 pm | Comment

Xena, that’s terrible, making fun of big-boned people.

July 26, 2005 @ 8:50 pm | Comment

Sorry to all Full Figured Folks.

July 26, 2005 @ 8:53 pm | Comment

I think the Majority in America should be able to handle some jokes about them.

July 26, 2005 @ 8:57 pm | Comment

Richard,You should be down in Nogales making sure these minority types don’t get to America in the first place.Real Patriot Like!

July 26, 2005 @ 9:47 pm | Comment

Nancy Grace has jus enuff ub da trailer leff in ‘er. She fine!

July 26, 2005 @ 10:26 pm | Comment

I rememburs her from high skool.She talkin’ all kinda fanci,like she beetur den evribody.We call her “Miss Second Generation Indoor Plumbin'” Big money famili.Had a double wide before mos’ anyone don heard o’ such dam thin’.

July 26, 2005 @ 10:42 pm | Comment

Hell, I went missing for 8 days once in Bangkok and I’m white and sexy, yet no one came looking for me (unless you count the scary looking Thai dude with the facial tatoos waving a multi page document he claimed to be a bar tab and the girl from Nana Plaza who said I’d promised to marry her).

July 27, 2005 @ 1:57 am | Comment

“There you are Conrad!!!!!”

July 27, 2005 @ 2:07 am | Comment

Oh I see, Rich. I didn’t realise. Oh well, there you go then.

July 27, 2005 @ 7:31 am | Comment

Update, the huge pressure exerted by our beloved blogosphere has worked!

July 27, 2005 @ 10:13 am | Comment

This is for Raj—
EVERY human life is of value. If ANY man, woman, boy or girl is missing for ANY amount of time, it is a TRAGEDY!!! If one of your relatives were missing, I bet you’d be twanging another tune. The media has always been WHITE and always focused on news (and everything else) from a WHITE perspective, so why are we surpirsed?? Any time “the flower of white society” is even perceived (by WHITES) to be in peril, the WHITE world comes a’runnin’ (ask the family of Emmitt Till). There may be legislation on the books that prohibits segregation and provides for integration, but BELIEVE ME, Jim Crow is ALIVE AND WELL in the United States of America!

August 18, 2005 @ 1:01 pm | Comment

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