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Joy Reid criticizes Gabby Petito’s coverage: “Missing White Woman Syndrome”

alist Joy Reid spoke out against the inconsistent coverage of missing people in the U.S., following the viral story about travel blogger Gabby Petito

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Journalist Joy Reid spoke out against the inconsistent coverage of missing people in the U.S., following the viral story about travel blogger Gabby Petito, 22, who went missing while on a cross-country road trip earlier this month with her fiancee. Police believe they found Petito’s remains in Wyoming on Sunday (Sept. 19), after spending the week updating authorities about their search for her. 

The ReidOut host pointed to Petito’s story as capturing the nation’s attention on her show on Monday night (Sept. 20) and wondered why missing people of color don’t receive “the same media attention.” 

Reid credited Gwen Ifill’s phrase to explain the public’s obsession with missing white women, such as Laci Peterson and Natalee Holloway, while neglecting the situations of missing people of color, saying the answer has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome. 

In the case Reid discussed, Daniel Robinson, a black 24-year-old geologist who went missing after a car crash in Arizona this June, was one of the missing persons. A private investigator has been hired by Robinson’s father to find his son, and search parties have been set up and a website launched, but the story only gained recurrent coverage in the media this week. 

Our alarm on the issue of missing women, men, and children of color has been raised for over 14 years because our cases are not taken seriously, and nobody looks for us when we go missing, said Black and Missing Foundation panelist Derrica Wilson. 

  The media do not give enough attention to missing Indigenous women and girls, according to Lynette Grey Bull, a representative of the Not Our Native Daughters Foundation. 

  “One of the most important factors and one of the primary causes of problems in our country is racism. “We continue to struggle with oppression within our tribal communities. Inequality is still a problem for us across the board, whether it’s in our community, housing, or employment.” 

Several participants discussed the media’s failure to pay attention to missing Indigenous women and girls, including Lynette Grey Bull of the Not Our Native Daughters Foundation. 

Several people do not wish to speak about racism, which is one of the main causes of economic inequality. She explained that it is a systemic racism. The situation of tyranny still affects our indigenous communities. Egal whether it is in our neighbourhood, housing, or employment, widespread inequality continues to exist.” 

“Those kinds of experiences are never acceptable for any family to endure,” Reid said. Below you can watch a segment of Reid’s show in which he states, “The Petito family definitely deserves answers and justice.” 

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