Thursday, November 29, 2007

Where is Latasha Norman?

UPDATE: Latasha Norman's body was found and an arrest has been made. Story HERE.

Hat Tip and Article:African American Political Pundit

Where is Latasha Norman?

Why is it that when a white college student disappear the white media will go across the globe looking for her. When a black college student disappears. The white media shuts it down. Bridget Johnson at Pajama Media notes "For every Chandra Levy, Laci Peterson, Elizabeth Smart or Natalee Holloway, there are dozens more victims whose cases go ignored by the media." She goes on to ask" if some lives - those of the cute, white, female, wealthy and preferably blond - are worth more than others." More HERE

Even the Chief of Police says that her case is ignored because of her race.

Where is Latasha Norman?

This is the case involving Jackson State university (JSU) student Latasha Norman. More HERE.

The Jackson State University Department of Public Safety, Jackson Police Department and Hinds County Sheriff's Department are continuing the search for missing JSU student Latasha Norman.

Latasha, a junior, has been missing since approximately 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The 20-year-old accounting major from Greenville, Miss., is of medium-brown complexion, stands approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs between 115 and 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

To report information regarding Latasha’s whereabouts, call 601-960-1210 0r 601-960-1234


The Angry Independent said...

I was just thinking about this today while at work.

The Stacy Peterson case from Chicago, the previous case with the other Peterson (Lacy), the Natalie Holloway story, the Kansas girl who recently came up missing, The lady who claimed she was kidnapped by Mexicans just hours before her wedding... but was lying the whole time (costing tons of tax payer money), the list goes on & on... point is...they get wall to wall coverage.

Right in Chicago near where the Peterson case is being covered...there have been several Black women killed recently...with hardly a mention in the mainstream media.

It's the same with Lavena Johnson. Compare her coverage (her case has gotten zero national coverage) with the coverage of Pat Tillman, Jessica Lynch, Ciara Durkin, & others... and the disparity is pretty clear.

It sends a message that Black women & Black people overall are expendable...that their lives just don't mean much to the wider society. Also at play is the fact that covering a Black missing person is just not as sensational as a missing person of another ethnic group. And one of the main things driving this coverage in the first place is ratings. The media hypes these stories for ratings and ad revenue. It's basically info-tainment for these news outlets.

The Police Chief from Mississippi showed some courage when he told the truth about the disparity.

The First Domino said... state the case quite well.

Much too often we're told we're hysterical when we claim that white racism (white racial superiority) still exists in this country.

I chafe when I think how often I have invested emotional capital in the plight of missing young white women whose stories receive a mountain of coverage by the news media, and the stories of missing young black women go unnoticed and unreported.

If it's true that whites have no interest in the stories of missing black women, what does it say about them and about us?

How is it that this nation of white Christians don't care as much about the plight of black women to same degree as we care about their women?

And they wonder why we insist that racism is still alive and well.

rikyrah said...


I was listenind to Bev Smith, and she said, 'Audience, play a game with me. When I stop reading say - What would have happened if this were a Black man?'

She was like, I tried to keep my tongue, but I can't. She went into the long story of the Stacy Peterson case. It was surreal how she read it: on his fourth wife, two dead, one missing. That he 'suddenly took a personal day' on the night his wife went missing. That the previous wife died from drowning in a dry bathtub. That, after all this, he was walking around.

She asked, imagine is this were a Black man?

You know, I laughed, because we ALL knew in the audience what would have happened if this guy was Black.

Yet, when Black people bring this up, and what you so eloquently put forth, White folks try and make excuses as to why it really isn't what it is.