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(BBC)   The BBC discovers the "Missing White Woman Syndrome"   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 47
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2013-05-09 12:37:24 PM  
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2013-05-09 12:39:58 PM  
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"Poetry began in the matriarchal age, and derives its magic from the moon, not from the sun. No poet can hope to understand the nature of poetry unless he has had a vision of the Naked King crucified to the lopped oak, and watched the dancers, red-eyed from the acrid smoke of the sacrificial fires, stamping out the measure of the dance, their bodies bent uncouthly forward, with a monotonous chant of "Kill! kill! kill!" and "Blood! blood! blood!"
 
2013-05-09 12:40:51 PM  
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2013-05-09 12:47:44 PM  
They forgot "young" part.
 
2013-05-09 12:52:22 PM  
Will it make you feel better to know I didn't know anything about all three of them?
 
2013-05-09 12:53:27 PM  
DEJESUS ISN'T WHITE!!!  Theory disproven!!!
 
2013-05-09 12:53:53 PM  
Wasn't there an historical documentary on this?

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2013-05-09 12:54:52 PM  
Tara McKelvey?
<GIS>
www.wilsoncenter.org
Hmmmm . . .
Do white female journalists get more work from the media?
 
2013-05-09 12:55:20 PM  
Kudos, BBC.  Most poeple just point out the obvious, you did the math.
 
GBB
2013-05-09 12:55:48 PM  
TFA: "Our national ideal of who is vulnerable - and who holds victim status - are those who are white and female."
The perception of victimhood is partly a media creation.



What media possibly creates such a strong perception of white women being victims?
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2013-05-09 12:56:52 PM  
in the UK,
White = kidnapped and killed my 'friend of the family'
Black = Killed by your African parents because you have a demon inside you
Asian (Indian, Pakistani, etc) = killed by you immediate family cause you looked at a boy.
 
2013-05-09 12:57:44 PM  
Add one more thing to the list of Colored Peoples Problems.
 
2013-05-09 12:59:05 PM  
FTA: According to, roughly 80% of the news coverage about missing children is devoted to victims who are not black, while only 20% is given to children who are black.

Aren't blacks only 12% of the population anyway?
 
2013-05-09 12:59:55 PM  

The First Four Katy Perry Albums: FTA: According to, roughly 80% of the news coverage about missing children is devoted to victims who are not black, while only 20% is given to children who are black.

Aren't blacks only 12% of the population anyway?


Silence White Oppressor!
 
2013-05-09 01:03:44 PM  

mayIFark: They forgot "young" part.


Or "pretty" and "stereotypically wholesome"

These "missing white women" that the media loves all have the same look. Like they are just about to play tennis. Just slap them in a white skirt and a visor and they are ready to go. I'd like to see a missing white woman who diverges from this look get the same attention. Someone who is covered in tattoos, piercings, crazy hair, dressed as a punk or a metalhead. They wouldn't get the same attention because the public would take one look at these women and think, "Yeah, they probably ran away. Or did something that deserved what ever trouble they are into."

/Not every white women who goes missing gets the same amount of attention.
 
2013-05-09 01:04:45 PM  
Even more interesting is "Magical negro syndrome".

Recent research on African American media representations describes a trend of progressive, antiracist film production. Specifically, "magical negro" films (cinema highlighting lower-class, uneducated, and magical black characters who transform disheveled, uncultured, or broken white characters into competent people) have garnered both popular and critical acclaim.

I smell a new movie...Bagger Ramsey?  Chubbs Ramsey?
 
2013-05-09 01:04:49 PM  
Do white victims get more attention?

Um, yes?

Why?  The media is a giant money-making monster.  Money is made from ratings.  Ratings are the result of people watching.  People watch when they can relate to the story.  The stories that most middle-class white Americans relate to are those involving people of their own kind.

This doesn't necessarily means that most Americans are less concerned about non-white people going missing, it just means missing white people can draw more attention from the American media and make them more money.

Remember, folks.  There's a lot of news you never see because the media monster doesn't think it can make money from it.
 
2013-05-09 01:04:59 PM  
While they're discovering things, I wish they'd discover that the show is Doctor Who, not The "Mostest Specialest Girl in the whole entire Universe" show.
 
2013-05-09 01:06:37 PM  
I think it's racist in a different way than the media ever talks about. Blacks predominantly live in less-safe neighborhoods. Somebody getting shot or going missing from a neighborhood isn't surprising or news. Not all whites live in posh and safe neighborhoods, but some people seem to have that impression. When somebody goes missing from a "safe" neighborhood, that's more alarming and scary. So I feel it's less that the black person is less "valuable" (maybe that's there too), but that them going missing is expected given the neighborhoods.

In St Louis there was a pair of crimes that happened at around the same time. In one, a young white middle-class girl was mugged and shot in the middle of a Saturday in a notoriously safe part of town. In another, a black high-achieving but poor girl was shot in a bad part of town late at night while out with her boyfriend. The media tried to raise a ruckus about double-standards, but seriously, one of those crimes is more frightening and unexpected than the other.
 
2013-05-09 01:07:44 PM  
Woah.

I was going to submit this with basically the exact same headline.

// but I had a few shots of vodka and was on a tablet so I gave up and said fark it.
 
2013-05-09 01:09:57 PM  

mekki: mayIFark: They forgot "young" part.

Or "pretty" and "stereotypically wholesome"

These "missing white women" that the media loves all have the same look. Like they are just about to play tennis. Just slap them in a white skirt and a visor and they are ready to go. I'd like to see a missing white woman who diverges from this look get the same attention. Someone who is covered in tattoos, piercings, crazy hair, dressed as a punk or a metalhead. They wouldn't get the same attention because the public would take one look at these women and think, "Yeah, they probably ran away. Or did something that deserved what ever trouble they are into."

/Not every white women who goes missing gets the same amount of attention.


Moral of the story:  You can be a metalhead or you can be kidnapped.  Just don't be a metalhead and kidnapped.

Funny thing is, Berry and DeJesus were found at the same time... and the rescuers didn't know who either of them were.
 
2013-05-09 01:11:37 PM  
The Missing White Woman replaced the former star of popular scare media, what we would recognize as a meme, namely White Slavery, which died out or rather down in the 1960s due to the Civil Rights Movement. Because White Slavery was so much worse than the normal kind. It was in reality, a misnomer since many of the victims of White Slavery were black or Asian. In fact, they still are.

As usual, I am up to my know-it-all ears in information on the subject. For one thing, when I was a kid I discovered a book at the Public Library on the subject of The Police Gazette, a popular and lurid publication which preceded the modern British tabloids but could give them a run for the money despite not having photographers (at least in the period this book covered). It did have lurid lithographs, however. I imagine whenever a heinous crime was committed, the Police Gazette had sketch artists on the case and lithographers waiting with their carving tools in hand to provide the Victorian public with the sexy, monstrous, perverted details.

It was part Weekly World News, part Sun and part New York Daily News. The Victorians loved sex and violence just as much as anybody else, and they were quite avid readers of penny dreadfuls (later dime terribles in the USA) and scandelous news.

America has always been panicky. And she loves a freak show, hence the Kardashians, Lady Gaga, and the trials and tribulations of famous singers.

Some Great Anglo-American Panics:

* The mystery gaser. Knocks people out with gas or chloroform in public places. Up to no good.
* The pin-sticker. Many of these were women with ready access to hatpins.They amused themselves by sticking people with hat pins in omnibuses and other crowded places.
* The slave revolt. People lived in terror that their slaves were plotting to revolt against them or were putting ground glass into their food. See Teabagger for the modern equivalent.
* The rapey rape classes. AKA the Criminal Classes. The darker they were, the more they lusted after the white women. Mexicans, Africans, and the Chinese coolies were the main targets of this xenophobic panic. Of course, being men, these urban and alien forces were probably not above the odd crime of opportunity, but the panic far outran reality, as crime panics always do.
* Papist Phobia. America was even more a White Protestant Male country in the past, and the importation of Roman Catholics and other immigrants of dubious whiteness, Protestantism and so forth scared the bejesus out of generations of Federalists and Southern Crackers. They still do, of course. Italians and the Irish were the Latinos of the XIXth Century. One of the country's great inventors and artists, Samuel Morse, was a conspiracy theorist who wrote on the Papal Armies that were invading America to subject its freedoms to the jackbooted priests of the Pope of Rome (yes, there are others!) I have yet to link the Morses in my family tree to the Morse Code people, but when I do it is the Reverend Jedediah, Samuel Morse's Father that I will proudly claim, because despite being a bit bigoted, he was an early advocate of fair treatment of the Native American peoples and also a proto-abolitionist. A good man with some puritanical faults and foibles. I am also in pursuit or William Rogers, the Governor of Rhode Island, a Quaker who was very much like the Rev. Jedidiah. Both men would be an ornament to a non-Papist family tree.
* Masons were the proto-type for the Illuminati and other menaces. The Anti-Masonic Party of the 1840s gave America the political nominating Convention. And they were pure evil in other ways. The great thing about Masons was that you didn't have to be Protestant to fear them. The Roman Catholics could play, and in fact, to this very day Free Masons are feared in France, Germany and other places in Europe, even the UK, where they are mostly a sort of Evil Elk or Odd Fellow, who is up to no good business and unpatriotic activities. The British seem to be more worried about upper class and police Free-Masonry, while the Continental conspiracy theorists worry about crypto-communist attacks against religion, government, property, etc. The anti-clerical French also continue toworry a lot about Jesuits, who have completely gone out of fashion in most of the conspiracy world.
* For more conspiracy lunacy and panics, consult The Fortean Times or any of a million Brazillain websites.

Conspiracy thinkers are like pack rats: they will steal and work anything, but anything, into their giant nests. They also like shiney objects.
 
2013-05-09 01:15:15 PM  

mekki: mayIFark: They forgot "young" part.

Or "pretty" and "stereotypically wholesome"

These "missing white women" that the media loves all have the same look. Like they are just about to play tennis. Just slap them in a white skirt and a visor and they are ready to go. I'd like to see a missing white woman who diverges from this look get the same attention. Someone who is covered in tattoos, piercings, crazy hair, dressed as a punk or a metalhead. They wouldn't get the same attention because the public would take one look at these women and think, "Yeah, they probably ran away. Or did something that deserved what ever trouble they are into."

/Not every white women who goes missing gets the same amount of attention.


Agreed. You just basically explained my one liner. With one exception, those tennis players and their childhood versions are the two groups that gets all the attention.
 
2013-05-09 01:18:20 PM  

drb9: DEJESUS ISN'T WHITE!!!  Theory disproven!!!


Actually it is part of the proof - there was another link here earlier about how there were half as many stories about DeJesus being missing as about one of the other victims (who was white obviously) over a similar period of time up to the rescue.
 
2013-05-09 01:21:36 PM  

FTFA:


...Charles Ramsey heard someone screaming in a nearby house. Luckily, he managed to help the woman, Amanda Berry, who was in distress....

"I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms," Ramsey said later.

So Cleveland is THAT racially divided? I'd already decided never to move to Cincinnati for that reason, now another city gets added to the list.


Here in Lexington, KY, which was only kept from seceding by Yankee military occupation, except in the very "elite" neighborhoods it's common to see people of different races living side-by-side and even having families together. As someone who was a young teenager during the "busing crisis" in 1970s Baltimore I wouldn't have expected my fellow Caucasians here in Confederate flag country to be "letting your daughter marry one" in my lifetime, but now I see that "the broad masses" are becoming color-blind. Especially the under-30s, who went to public school besides people of other races.

Will the Northern cities ever catch up?
 
2013-05-09 01:26:00 PM  

xria: drb9: DEJESUS ISN'T WHITE!!!  Theory disproven!!!

Actually it is part of the proof - there was another link here earlier about how there were half as many stories about DeJesus being missing as about one of the other victims (who was white obviously) over a similar period of time up to the rescue.


I read that she was not even listed as a missing person and her mom was the only one who was looking for her. And when rescued, they didn't even know who she was.
 
2013-05-09 01:39:42 PM  

AGremlin: Recent research on African American media representations describes a trend of progressive, antiracist film production. Specifically, "magical negro" films (cinema highlighting lower-class, uneducated, and magical black characters who transform disheveled, uncultured, or broken white characters into competent people) have garnered both popular and critical acclaim.

I smell a new movie...Bagger Ramsey? Chubbs Ramsey?


Recent research? WTF? Have you ever read a Stephen King book? This has been going on since the 1940s in a mainstream way.
 
2013-05-09 01:53:42 PM  

JayR30: AGremlin: Recent research on African American media representations describes a trend of progressive, antiracist film production. Specifically, "magical negro" films (cinema highlighting lower-class, uneducated, and magical black characters who transform disheveled, uncultured, or broken white characters into competent people) have garnered both popular and critical acclaim.

I smell a new movie...Bagger Ramsey? Chubbs Ramsey?

Recent research? WTF? Have you ever read a Stephen King book? This has been going on since the 1940s in a mainstream way.


I'm glad we agree.  It's been going on a long time....people are just recently beginning to study the "phenomenon".
 
2013-05-09 01:57:03 PM  
My theory - the media reports on missing "women most viewers would consider farking if given the chance"
 
2013-05-09 02:06:43 PM  

AGremlin: JayR30: AGremlin: Recent research on African American media representations describes a trend of progressive, antiracist film production. Specifically, "magical negro" films (cinema highlighting lower-class, uneducated, and magical black characters who transform disheveled, uncultured, or broken white characters into competent people) have garnered both popular and critical acclaim.

I smell a new movie...Bagger Ramsey? Chubbs Ramsey?

Recent research? WTF? Have you ever read a Stephen King book? This has been going on since the 1940s in a mainstream way.

I'm glad we agree.  It's been going on a long time....people are just recently beginning to study the "phenomenon".


Well considering I am black, I always kinda noticed. I got used to it in Stephen King books but the one that really was out in left field was in The Talisman. Dude (I think his name was Speedy) gave Jack MD 20/20 to flip between worlds. Really, Stephen King? Really?
 
2013-05-09 02:15:43 PM  
Ethnic nepotism. It's hard-coded into us.
People tend to value those of their own tribe more than those outside it.
Additionally, people feel more "invested" in their community if said community looks like them, leading to lower crime rates and increased charity and other beneficence.
It's one of those natural advantages Europe has over us, although not for very long.
 
2013-05-09 02:16:18 PM  

JayR30: AGremlin: JayR30: AGremlin: Recent research on African American media representations describes a trend of progressive, antiracist film production. Specifically, "magical negro" films (cinema highlighting lower-class, uneducated, and magical black characters who transform disheveled, uncultured, or broken white characters into competent people) have garnered both popular and critical acclaim.

I smell a new movie...Bagger Ramsey? Chubbs Ramsey?

Recent research? WTF? Have you ever read a Stephen King book? This has been going on since the 1940s in a mainstream way.

I'm glad we agree.  It's been going on a long time....people are just recently beginning to study the "phenomenon".

Well considering I am black, I always kinda noticed. I got used to it in Stephen King books but the one that really was out in left field was in The Talisman. Dude (I think his name was Speedy) gave Jack MD 20/20 to flip between worlds. Really, Stephen King? Really?


I think Spike Lee coined the term and a lady wrote an article (or study?) about the Stephen King connection.  In it, I vaguely remember she says something to the effect that Stephen King was indirectly responsible for getting Obama elected.   Pretty interesting topic when studied from a subliminal versus conscious perspective.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-05-09 02:24:25 PM  
I heard there was porn on the internet.  Imagine that.
 
2013-05-09 02:48:26 PM  
In the 10 years Berry was missing, the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper published 36 articles about her, according to a search of electronic news archive Lexis-Nexis.
During the nine-year period that DeJesus, who is Hispanic, was missing, the newspaper published 19 articles about her case.


Interesting that they don't seem to care--STILL--about Michelle Knight. No one even knows what race she is. If she turns out to be African-American, with zero shiats given about her TO THIS DAY, then that's pretty damning.
 
2013-05-09 02:55:18 PM  
"Our national ideal of who is vulnerable - and who holds victim status - are those who are white and female and non-Slavic."

Nobody seems to care if the women locked up in the basement are named Natasha.
 
2013-05-09 03:08:10 PM  

BolshyGreatYarblocks: "Our national ideal of who is vulnerable - and who holds victim status - are those who are white and female and non-Slavic."

Nobody seems to care if the women locked up in the basement are named Natasha.



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2013-05-09 03:48:48 PM  
When did the BBC hire Romero?
 
2013-05-09 04:15:28 PM  
80% of the news coverage about missing children is devoted to victims who are not black, while only 20% is given to children who are black

Blacks are getting more than their fair share of coverage since the country is only 13% black. Quit you god damn whining.
 
2013-05-09 04:23:12 PM  

Great Odins Raven: 80% of the news coverage about missing children is devoted to victims who are not black, while only 20% is given to children who are black

Blacks are getting more than their fair share of coverage since the country is only 13% black. Quit you god damn whining.


<Wildly racist>

Maybe it's because when hot white chicks and adorable white children go missing, people actually want them back?

</Wildly racist>
 
2013-05-09 04:54:06 PM  

JayR30: AGremlin: JayR30: AGremlin: Recent research on African American media representations describes a trend of progressive, antiracist film production. Specifically, "magical negro" films (cinema highlighting lower-class, uneducated, and magical black characters who transform disheveled, uncultured, or broken white characters into competent people) have garnered both popular and critical acclaim.

I smell a new movie...Bagger Ramsey? Chubbs Ramsey?

Recent research? WTF? Have you ever read a Stephen King book? This has been going on since the 1940s in a mainstream way.

I'm glad we agree.  It's been going on a long time....people are just recently beginning to study the "phenomenon".

Well considering I am black, I always kinda noticed. I got used to it in Stephen King books but the one that really was out in left field was in The Talisman. Dude (I think his name was Speedy) gave Jack MD 20/20 to flip between worlds. Really, Stephen King? Really?


Well, keep in mind that Mr. King lives in Maine.
 
2013-05-09 04:54:24 PM  
DUH. Some of the times people were caught hording non-white girls in a single city (DC):

Here's one from April.  Not a white girl.
A little further away and 2011, still not a white girl.
Over in Virginia, 2006.  This ones from Saudi, not so white.

So yes, news only fit for page 27. Unless she's white.
 
2013-05-09 05:41:08 PM  
My impression was that the targeted readership would be more likely to want information about things that are occurring within their own group, or race, or region.  Media gives it's readership what has proven to be fundamental staples in the process of selling products.  Notice that there's a difference between "what the readership SAYS they want", and what they'll actually pay for, statistically.

The media's job is to focus on those details/beliefs/views that are most likely to be shared by / feared by / or of concern to, their target audience, which is either a match for it's advertiser's audience, or it's paying clients.  So a black Georgian newspaper might have noted that the rescuer moved there from Georgia, and the article might have spent a disproportionate time discussing him, in comparison to the 3 girls, at least in comparison to a predominantly white readership reporting agency.

It's sort of like American Idol, when a singer comes from your hometown, you tend to run into media about it.  The other contestants, not so much.   Unless you are actively following the show, you're not likely to hear much beyond the winners, and whomever was local to you.  Your local media will take it and run with it, because it's a match with their target audience.

Another thing that exaggerates the disproportionate reporting scenario is the fact that if a topic means something to you, you will absorb more of that information.  Sort of like, if you're pregnant, you notice/absorb all the news reports dealing with pregnancy..  reports like that have always been there, but now that you have a reason to REALLY absorb them, it can feel like all these things are suddenly all over the place.

If you concern yourself with how many Whites/ Hispanics/ Blacks are in the news these days, every single "white female" story will be one too many.  You'll stop and think, "wow.. MORE white females hogging the limelight?"  When in actuality, you're not looking at a disproportionate number.  There's not a lot of 10-year kidnappings going on these days, and since the media won't HIGHLIGHT the fact that one of the girls are hispanic, (because of the readership link they're trying to establish) many won't even notice, and will internally categorize this as being three white girls in the media again.

Media caters to whomever it feels will pay the bills.  There's trends and cycles that are pretty clearly outlined and established, and media will forever attempt to follow them, because historically, it's brought their outlet the most attention.

Plus.. white girls are often seen as weak and defenseless.. so atrocities committed against them just seem more like atrocities, rather than happening to someone who can handle abuse better, and/or stands a fighting chance, etc.  It's just a perception, but it's one that the media will forever take advantage of and exploit.

You'll notice that the pics floating around of the 3 girls are of them around the time of disappearance, rather than recovery time photos.  Much like early Trayvon images were used to represent Trayvon a long time after updated photos of him were readily available...  It sells the drama (and therefore benefits the media) more to show an innocent young black child as the recipient of someone's rage, rather than having what some people would identify as a hoodlum for a victim.  If Trayvon was a young white woman, we'd still be talking about it, and if George Zimmerman was a young white woman, you'd have never seen the young Treyvon pictures, and the horrors of the encounter would have been turned on their heads, all due to media perception.
 
2013-05-09 05:45:36 PM  
Patrice O'Neal said it best.

/"Natalieee Hollllowayyy, that angellll"
/RIP, funniest motherfarker on radio
 
2013-05-09 06:05:32 PM  
My white woman went missing with a BBC last weekend so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.


/She's still a little tender but very happy
//No, I won't share the pictures
 
2013-05-10 09:37:16 AM  

illannoyin: My white woman went missing with a BBC last weekend so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.


/She's still a little tender but very happy
//No, I won't share the pictures


That's hot!
 
2013-05-10 10:54:01 AM  
God-is-a-Taco:

Ethnic nepotism. It's hard-coded into us.

[citation needed]
 
2013-05-10 01:55:03 PM  
As a pay-per-click manager, the story linked to at the bottom of the page about racial profiling in Google AdSense made me want to murder the author and researcher both with a rusty bottle from hell.  I wish people would endeavor to know something before they write about it.  I can taste their blood of whatever type(s) and racial-chromosomal(s) configuration they may be in my mouth right now.  Picture me as The Butcher from Diablo I in this scenario.  Ignorance veiled by credentials upsets me.
 
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