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Black Girls Continue to Disappear but Few Eyebrows Are Raised

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “If you’re classified as a runaway, you do not receive the Amber Alert or any type of media coverage. Even if they did run away, we need to help them within 24 to 48 hours, because many of them are lured into sex trafficking,” said Natalie Wilson, who co-founded the Black and Missing Foundation in 2008.

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By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent
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The epidemic of missing and mostly forgotten African American girls continues to spread throughout the United States.

While the names change, the stories remain similar.

Miah Gourdine/Courtesy Horry Police

Miah Gourdine/Courtesy Horry Police

Miah Gourdine, just 16-years-old, was headed to school on Tuesday, April 23, but when attendance was taken at Carolina Forest High School in Horry, South Carolina, Miah was marked absent.

What’s worse, she never returned home.

While authorities have speculated that because Miah is new to the area, she may have tried to return to her native New Jersey. However, that’s no consolation for her family who haven’t a clue as to her whereabouts.

When last seen, Miah was wearing blue jeans, a black and yellow shirt, black Puma sneakers and a clear fanny pack – certainly not the sign of a runaway.

Horry police have asked those with information to call 843-248-1520.

One week earlier on Friday, April 12, in Washington, D.C., 15-year-old Aniyah Flythe was seen walking along the 300 block of Anacostia Road in the Southeast section of the city.

Aniyah hasn’t been seen since.

Described by the Metropolitan Police Department as 5-feet-5-inches tall and 160 pounds, Aniyah has black hair and brown eyes and she was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and white glittery sneakers.

Aniyah Flythe/Courtesy DC Police

Aniyah Flythe/Courtesy DC Police

Aniyah is now listed on the District of Columbia’s critical missing person’s list and authorities are asking anyone with information to call 202-727-9099 or text 50411.

Though they live hundreds of miles apart, Miah and Aniyah have joined the heartbreaking list of more than 75,000 African American girls who’ve gone missing.

Officials at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Childrensaid their CyperTipline has received more than 18.4 million reports, most of which led to apparent child sexual abuse images: online enticement (including “sextortion”), child sex trafficking and child sexual molestation.

Recently, the nonprofit Black & Missing Foundation compiled statistics from the FBI which noted that in 2016 alone, 242,295 individuals of color were reported missing in the United States.

A stunning 36.7 percent of those missing were Black teens under the age of 18.

Daunting in the quest to find the girls is the continued lack of attention the missing receive – particularly those who are black and missing.

While mainstream media mostly ignores their plight, social media remains a buzz.

In one of the many efforts to use the internet and social media to help locate the missing, the website blackgirlslost.comintroduced another teen who disappeared:

Zaria Mccier/Courtesy National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Zaria Mccier/Courtesy National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

“Hi, my name is Zaria Mccier and I’m 17 years old. Have you seen me around the Conyers, Georgia area? I have been missing since April 3. Can you help?”

Authorities are asking anyone who might have information regarding Zaria’s disappearance to call 770-483-2200.

As NNPA Newswire continues to report on the missing, readers and social media commenters have weighed in.

“The fact that there is such an imbalance in the media is horrible, I admit I was ignorant there was such an imbalance because the media is obviously biased,” said Margaret Clark Turnbow in response to an early story in the missing girls series.

“Young people of any color should be regarded as our country’s most valuable resource,” Turnbow said.

Said another reader, James Stallworth: “This is a major crisis for our communities, let’s stay aware everybody.”

“Please God, give us a clue as to where these babies are,” said Annette Ross.

Natalie Wilson, who co-founded the Black and Missing Foundation in 2008, said in a recent interviewthat many times when children of color are reported missing, they’re reported missing as a runaway.

“If you’re classified as a runaway, you do not receive the Amber Alert or any type of media coverage. Even if they did run away, we need to help them within 24 to 48 hours, because many of them are lured into sex trafficking,” Wilson said.

“We need to understand what are they running away from, and ultimately what are they running to. We’re also finding that when people of color — men and women — are reported missing, they’re deemed to be involved with some type of criminal act, they’re stereotyped and their cases aren’t taken seriously,” she said.

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director — Interview with the Black Press of America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The 7:30 a.m. EST interview will air over several social media platforms, including facebook.com/blackpressusa/videos, youtube.com/c/blackpressusatv, and on Twitter @BlackPressUSA. “Dr. Walensky is looking forward to the interview with the Black Press to talk about these vital issues,” a spokesperson for the CDC noted.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the death of over 500,000 Americans. Tens of millions have been infected,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the 19th CDC director and ninth administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has remained vigilant in the fight against the coronavirus, tracking the different variants of the disease and studying the complications some have found with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

At the forefront is CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, whose schedule includes regular White House updates and testimony before congressional panels.

Dr. Walensky also led the federal agency this month in officially declaring racism as a public health threat.

On Wednesday, April 21, Dr. Walensky plans to sit for a special interview with the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) “Let It Be Known” live breaking-news morning program.

The NNPA is the trade association for the 230 African American newspapers and media companies that comprise the Black Press of America.

The 7:30 a.m. EST interview will air over several social media platforms, including facebook.com/blackpressusa/videosyoutube.com/c/blackpressusatv, and on Twitter @BlackPressUSA.

“Dr. Walensky is looking forward to the interview with the Black Press to talk about these vital issues,” a spokesperson for the CDC noted.

The CDC’s independent vaccine advisory panel plans to convene by week’s end to discuss safety information regarding some blood-clotting cases in recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The government has paused the use of the vaccine until it gathers further guidance.

Reportedly, about 5,800 breakthrough infections have occurred in the approximately 77 million individuals in the country who have received full vaccination.

The CDC has reminded everyone that no vaccine is 100 percent effective against the virus, but incidents like that occurring in a few with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are rare.

Dr. Walensky, the 19th CDC director and ninth administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, also declared racism a public health crisis.

She is expected to discuss her determination during the interview with the Black Press.

“What we know is this: racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans,” asserted Dr. Walensky, who also counts as an influential scholar whose pioneering research has helped advance the national and global response to HIV/AIDS.

The declaration marks the first time that the CDC has taken such a bold position on race in America.

In doing so, Dr. Walensky highlighted several new efforts the CDC is leading to accelerating the work in addressing racism as a fundamental driver of racial and ethnic health inequities in the United States.

Dr. Walensky also unveiled a new website called “Racism and Health” that will serve as a hub for the agency’s efforts and a catalyst for greater education and dialogue around these critical issues.

She posited that racism affects everyone.

“It affects the health of our entire nation,” Dr. Walensky wrote in a statement.

“Racism is not just the discrimination against one group based on the color of their skin or their race or ethnicity, but the structural barriers that impact racial and ethnic groups differently to influence where a person lives, where they work, where their children play, and where they worship and gather in community. These social determinants of health have lifelong negative effects on the mental and physical health of individuals in communities of color.”

Since the pandemic outbreak more than one year ago, the United States has recorded over 31 million cases of the coronavirus and more than 560,000 deaths.

African Americans and other communities of color have been adversely affected.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the death of over 500,000 Americans. Tens of millions have been infected,” Dr. Walensky added.

“And across this country, people are suffering. Importantly, these painful experiences and the impact of COVID-19 are felt, most severely, in communities of color – communities that have experienced disproportionate case counts and deaths and where the social impact of the pandemic has been most extreme.”

Dr. Walensky continued:

“Yet, the disparities seen over the past year were not a result of COVID-19. Instead, the pandemic illuminated inequities that have existed for generations and revealed for all of America a known, but often unaddressed, epidemic impacting public health: racism.”

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