For years, so many times, White women are abducted and the news and media stop and focus all of their attention on the missing White woman in hopes of bringing her home. We hear public cries from her family and friends etc… It has been long thought that that same attention and care is not given to women of color who are missing. The Reverend Al Sharpton wants to do something about it.
Sharpton vowed to file a federal inquiry into the death of Miltrice Richardon, a missing 25 year old woman whose remains were found recently. She had been allowed to leave a sheriff’s station nearly a year ago against the wishes of her parents who stated that they pleaded with the Sheriff to hold her until they were able to pick her up due to Richardson’s mental illness. The Sheriff Department however, allowed Richardon to leave believing that they had no legal obligation to hold her. Since her disappearance Richardson’s life has become a mystery as well as there has been little to no attention placed on her by the media.
Richardson is added to the long list of ethnic women who go missing in this country and the media and public at large do not take notice. Contrary to when a White woman is missing and the media attention she receives. It all goes back to the long standing belief of society that White women are somehow more valuable than ethnic women. In efforts of preventing this pattern from continuing. The National Action Network will send a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to ask for an official inquiry,” Sharpton told The Root.com. “The incident must be raised to a review of what the process was compared to others in the area. It could be a test case of what’s going on around the country, where missing African Americans are not considered a priority for law enforcement or the media.”
Sharpton went on to say that “given Richardson’s medical condition, there is no reason she should have been allowed to leave the station no matter how much she protested, which is why he wants to get involved.”
“The civil suit is fine, and I don’t want to interfere with the family’s lawyer, but I think there should be a federal investigation to determine what was and was not done in this case,” Sharpton said. “There is no reason, if you were told by parents to keep someone in the station because they are bipolar, to let them go. What needs to be explained in a judicial-review process is how someone leaves law-enforcement custody with important information from a family and ends up missing for months and then dead. That serious question should be answered under judicial review. I do not even know how you explain it. I could not.”
I am in total agreement with Reverend Sharpton’s opinions about missing ethnic women needing more coverage in the media. It is a legitimate request. As far as the discussion over Richardson being allowed to leave the Sherriff’s office, the truth of the matter is that they had no legal reason to keep her there. Now, there is a chance that they did not care for her safety as a Black woman, and decided that it did not matter to them whether she would be safe or not out in the street in the middle of the night. That is absolutely a possibility. However, that is more so an issue of morality rather than legality.
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