During a press conference in Bohemia, New York, the family of Gabby Petito urged the news media and the public to give the same energy to all missing people as they did their daughter.
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Jelani Day, a graduate student from Illinois who went missing nearly a month ago, was found dead earlier this month before being positively identified on Thursday. The lack of media attention to his disappearance stood in contrast to cause célèbre Gabby Petito.
Pointing out the disparity in coverage and treatment, also known as missing white woman syndrome, a term coined by journalism legend Gwen Ifil, doesn't mean that victims like Gabby Petito should not receive attention. But other people also deserve the same diligence.
According to a report published by the state, 710 indigenous people, mostly young girls, went missing in Wyoming from 2011 to 2020. They also found 85% of the miss were kids and 57% were females
The search for Brian Laundrie -- whose fiancée, Gabrielle Petito, went missing under the most suspicious and tragic of circumstances -- embodies white privilege in every way, fashion and form.
Hopefully, Gabrielle Petito is found alive and well. Unfortunately, there are non-white Gabrielle Petitos across the nation who deserve the same mainstream media attention and sense of urgency but will never receive it.
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