I’m addicted to the Investigative Discovery channel. Also known as “ID TV”. I binge watch episode after episode. However, as an African American Woman, I cringe if I see a story involving African Americans committing a crime or especially, meeting their demise at the hands of some horrific predator.
I, sometimes, find myself tearing up or outright crying for all races if the episode resonates with me. The episodes that hurt me the most are incidents when children are hurt…or worse, killed. I cannot completely stomach those episodes, but, I will watch them in an effort that I might be able to learn something that will help me to better protect my sons.
Nevertheless, one thing I often notice is that there doesn’t seem to be as many Black people committing the crimes or being the victims on the many ID TV series that I watch.
However, as I watched “The Bureau”, I saw an episode about White girls going missing in Oregon. As the show played on my television, I saw banners being dropped down over billboards and just the fact that these girls were on a television show was bringing more attention to their case.
To be Black and female in America, is to be highly invisible in a society that just doesn’t seem to have time…or concern…for you.
I used to think, even as long as yesterday, that there weren’t more Black females on the ID TV shows because we just weren’t doing the insane things that other races were doing.
Even though, there are America is extremely diverse with what seems like an infinite amount of races, ethnicities and nationalities living in America; many of us really do not know much about the cultures of other races, ethnicities or other nationalities. We simply learn and understand more about people who are different from us, primarily based on what is shown on television shows and movies. I can’t even begin to state how dangerous and unproductive that is for a society but that is for another conversation and another day.
One “Evil, I” episode that I had watched stated that most serial killers tend to stay within their racial boundaries when they are selecting their victims. I thought, “Ok. This explains to me why there aren’t more Black victims on these ID television shows”. Most of us know that the majority of serial killers are White males. However, just as one of the show commentators stated this on the television show, “Evil, I”, the predator selected a Black woman next who was later raped and killed, then her eyeballs methodically cut out.
Needless to say, that episode was undeniably disturbing and it shocked me.
The predator’s actions sickened me to the point where I had to close my eyes on certain parts of the show. I, literally, almost vomited and could feel the bile start to come up as I continued to try to remain strong and get through the episode.
After about two more episodes, I couldn’t stomach the evil anymore, so I turned off the “Evil, I” series.
Later, after my amateur research and as a concerned Black Woman raising Black children, I now believe I see (and understand) why I don’t see more Black girls and boys on ID TV. I must have been like other Black people who claim to be color-blind as I became, momentarily, color-blind myself. My own color-blind condition caused me to believe Black and Latino children just weren’t being harmed at such a high rate as their White counterparts.
But, that would be highly unusual for America if you’re a history buff like I am. Considering America’s history of abuse and severe neglect when it comes to Black and Brown girls, I just can’t believe it took me so long to put 2-and-2 together.
Black girls weren’t on ID TV because no one cares that they are missing.
America seems to often forget that Black children have parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins. Black children are very loved and they are children. They are not “older” than non-Black children or even necessarily more mature than non-Black children just because they are Black. Yet, the American system continually treats Black children like they are older than they really are and mistakenly see our children as adults, such as the situation of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and many others.
Our children are children too.
My sons make the same mistakes that non-Black children make. My sons have the same inquisitive questions (and lack of understanding) about life. My darling sons still look to me for answers to almost everything. They are constantly looking to me to determine how they should respond to their own life experiences.
I wanted to write this article to bring additional awareness to the Black girls and boys who are missing in DC and everywhere in the World. Black children don’t receive as much attention as non-Black children.
Black Children Matter. Black Lives Matter. Always.
Black children are simply castaway by the system and classified as “runaways”, even when they are a young age, such as, 11 or 13 years old.
I beg of the government, the cops, investigators and the FBI to please find our children. Search high and low as you would for a White child. Organize search parties and bring out the helicopters. That is the least of what our Black children deserve.
Black people are consistently paying taxes without representation and this has to stop. And, frankly, as a Black parent and a Black woman, enough is enough.
Bring our children home.
Samantha Dawson is a Web Designer, Graphics Designer, Freelance Writer, CEO of LocStar Revolution, NoVA 24/7 Notary Services and Web Designers and Scribes. In her free time, you can find Samantha reading biographies, watching documentaries on Netflix or spending quality time with her family. Samantha lives in Fairfax, VA with her fiancé and 3 sons.