When Find Our Missing premiered Wednesday night on TV One it put missing brown faces into the public realm.
Although I chose to freak myself out by watching it TiVo’d at home alone, the show’s necessity was yet another reminder of unequal media representation.
The fact that a separate show (Find Our Missing) needed to be created speaks volumes about who’s often silenced.
Is the public really as Eurocentric, aesthetically obsessed and ageist as members of the media believe?
Do we ignore the diversifying demographics of this nation in favor of supposedly safer (i.e. Whiter) presentations?
Do we remember, or even know, that race is a faulty construct with cultural variations?
With that being said, do we know that responsible reporting and responsible citizenship include searching for and highlighting disenfranchised groups?
In short, when we seek to find “our” missing people, we must remember the cultural cohesiveness needed for the United States and globe to thrive. Or at the very least, improve.
Faulty perceptions of “us” and “them” prevent universal work from being done.
If a middle aged Black woman, Latina, Asian, multiracial person–or man is missing that individual matters as much to someone as single, svelte, young blondes whose images bombard audiences.
We are all in the us club. Let’s govern ourselves accordingly.
I wrote about coverage disparities and more for HBCU Digest.