64K Black Women And Children Are Missing In the USA, Where’s the Outcry?

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Yolanda Spivey asks why there isnt a mass cry for the 64000 black women in America who are missing.


by Yolanda Spivey

As the world pays attention to the estimated 300 missing Nigerian school girls who were abducted by an extreme Islamic group, they forget that right here in the United States, there are over 64,000 African American women and children who remain missing.

Over the years, studies have repeatedly shown that missing minorities don’t garner the same media attention as their white counterparts.  Critics allege that mainstream media shows preference to white women and children who are reported missing. A 2010 report shows that out of the 692,944 persons missing, over 273,985 of them are minorities, and out of that number, an astonishing 85 percent are African American.

There are many factors as to why the cases of these Black women go unnoticed.  One determining factor is that missing African Americans are usually from a lower economic status.  Another factor, according to MailOnline, is that there is a lack of diversity in newsrooms, so the “African American community is not properly reflected” when it comes to reporting the news.

Fortunately, a new campaign has been launched to highlight the thousands of missing African-American women and children. The organization, The Black And Missing Foundation, has teamed up with TV One Network to make a television news series titled ‘Find Our Missing.’ Their aim is to tell the stories behind the women’s disappearances.

The Black And Missing Foundation was founded in 2008.  According to TV One, the organization “was set up by a former law enforcement officer and public relations experts to support families and raise awareness of those who have disappeared. It also offers tips on personal safety.”

In an interview with ABC, Natalie Wilson, co-founder of The Black And Missing Foundation said, “When we hear the term ‘missing persons,’ most people conjure up images of Chandra Levy, Caylee Anthony or Natalee Holloway. As a result, the public is misled in believing that victims of abductions and kidnappings are [all] blonde, blue-eyed and female.”

Ms Wilson added, “’It is time for all people – regardless of race – to be treated equally in their times of greatest need.”

Most of these women have been missing for decades and often times their cases are abandoned by local law enforcement. Also, according to The Black And Missing Foundation, most women disappear in the states of New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Florida.

Yolanda Spivey writes on a variety of topics and is the founder of Black Insurance News. She can be reached at or you can visit her Facebook page.


  1. Rodrigo Tindel

    May 9, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    It has always been discrimination against the Afro-Americans.
    It is also true that whatever we do on Earth,we are going to face God about it.

    • Paula Oh

      May 10, 2014 at 8:38 am


  2. Barbariae Boyette

    May 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    There are many missing women in the USA. However, 0ver 200 women when missing in Africa all at once. I don’t recall this happening in the USA.

  3. Paul H

    May 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    @ Claudia Shepherd

    You’re right. Why would a nation that has devalued our lives for 500 years care about missing or dead black women and children? We have to get out of denial about what this nation stands for and stop acting like TV is a snapshot of our real lives.

    There’s a book, “Trojan Horse: Death of a Dark Nation” by Anon that addresses this topic in a chapter called, “The Dead White Women’s Club” and how black life is automatically devalued compared to white life. The website is trojanhorsepress.

    Check it out.

  4. ericaf

    May 10, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Well said @Paul H. We are not valued starting with those in our households so don’t expect much from the people on the outside.

  5. Suzysaywhat

    May 10, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I am so sick and tired of the excuses here on the injustices of America.
    We have to make them pay attention to us by having our own media. When
    media is controlled, It controls what you hear. Every black radio and TV
    show should have a updated segment every day about the missing people in
    communities of color. We should petition every radio, TV, internet show to
    have a daily segment about the missing in America. This is so sad. I had
    no idea of how many missing Black Americans in the US.

    • c

      May 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

      GET ON IT PEEEPS….barage the radio stations in your community now

    • Angie

      May 13, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      Sorry to intrude (as I’m white) but I just had to say I care, and so do many others, like the man who posted this on FB – the response is of shock – Yeah they didn’t think about it before but it’s too true – and as much as I want them to bring those innocent Nigerian girls home, I want them to value all the people we have here in the US, especially all the foster children that go missing – never to be seen again. The children torn from loving homes by the government to fulfill their adoption quotas – the lost are many, and yes our government is corrupt and drunk with power – they do not care about you and they do not care about me whatever color – they consider those they victimize as collateral damage. Suzy You are right about THE MEDIA – Not just black but the poor, the single mothers, grandmothers, marginalized human beings.

      • Claudia Shepherd

        June 7, 2014 at 11:55 pm

        Well, we are talking about the so called a BLACK race of people right here in (a)merica where racism runs rampant from the top down to the lowest bottom, not about no one else because our struggle is very real and very hidden deliberately. Our lives here has been stolen and need to be dealt with justly not with lies and denial, I see whites own everything, we have to go through whites to get everything in life in order to live, I totally DESPISE that, We have been and plotted against for over too long to talk about some other people suzy… stop it!!

  6. Anastasia

    May 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Okay, here’s the deal. These are black females. NO ONE CARES!!!!!!! The world is still turning and the sun will rise in the morning and I am still sleeping well in the evenings. No one gives a RAT’S BEHIND about these she boons.

    • Regina

      May 12, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      I hope that you are dissected alive and I won’t give a RAT’S BEHIND about you and your family either. You are a souless bundles of animal cunning who does not deserve the right to live either.

    • Kween

      May 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      I am glad you don’t care so when the revolution comes you will be left to fend for yourself. I am glad that negative racists like you exist- shows the rest of us how much better we are than YOU.

  7. Iya Marilyn Kai Jewett

    May 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Tell the truth Sister Yolanda! I agree wholeheartedly. I am sorry for the little sisters in Nigeria, but we need to focus our energy on the missing/exploited/sacrificed Black women right here. The white media is very slow to report news on missing Black women here. It’s up to people like you to bring it to our attention. We can’t do much about the missing girls in Nigeria, but we can do something about the missing girls/women here. Black lives are not valued here. If we don’t value our girls/women who will? Put pressure on the authorities and the media here to step up the reporting and investigation on what happened to the missing in the U.S. If they ignore you, then protest at the police commissioners’ office and the media outlets. I have seen Asians and Latinos do it and get results. What cha’gonna do Black people?

  8. Jacqueline

    May 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

    When will Find Our Missing be back on TV One? I was watching it faithfully and it was taken off.

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