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MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid Calls Out 'Missing White Woman Syndrome' In Gabby Petito Case, Highlights Disparities In Media Coverage Of Missing People

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MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid calls news coverage of the Gabby Petito case "missing white woman syndrome" while questioning why people of color don't receive the same media coverage when they go missing. It's a valid question and she explores the disparities inside...

"Missing White Woman Syndrome" is a definitely a thing and MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid is putting it on the main stage as the Gabby Petito story captivates the nation.

Remains were found at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, that were confirmed to be that of Gabby Petito. The 22-year-old white woman went on a cross-country road trip with her 23-year-old fiance Brian Laundrie last month. He returned to his home in Florida by himself, leaving Gabby's family with questions about where she was and if she was still alive.

"Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the remains are those of Gabrielle Venora Petito, date of birth March 19, 1999," the FBI Denver division said in a statement. "Coroner Blue's initial determination for the manner of death is homicide."

The official cause of death will remain pending until final autopsy results are in, according to the statement.

Gabby's fiance is currently "missing."

The story has been dominating headlines over the past week, leaving MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid with some questions. She's curious to know the reason why  missing persons cases involving people of color don't receive the same level of national attention. Now, Gabby's family most definitely deserve answers and justice. No family should have to go through what they're going through.

"The way this story captivated the nation has many wondering why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?" Reid asked. "Well, the answer actually has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome—the term coined by the late and great Gwen Ifill to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, while ignoring cases involving people of color," she continued.

Peep a clip of Joy's coverage of the Gabby Petito case below:

 

 

A lot of people agree that there are disparities in media coverage over missing persons depending on the missing person's skin color:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we're clear, calling out disparity in coverage over missing persons doesn't mean Gabby's family should NOT receive media attention. The point is, people of color that go missing should receive that same amount of coverage.  It is warranted for both.

There are tons of families just like Gabby's who are desperately seeking information for their missing loved ones. For example, the disappearance of Jelani Day, a Black graduate student at Illinois State University, who went missing almost a month ago.

 

 

“I was very frustrated with the fact that Jelani hadn’t been getting the coverage,” Jelani's mother said in an interview. “Jelani has been missing for 24 days.”

“Her [Gabby] face is plastered everywhere, and the FBI is involved,” she continued. “And I do not understand why Jelani doesn’t get that same coverage; Jelani doesn’t get that same attention."

Check out her interview below:

Some would argue that Gabby was a "popular YouTube vlogger/blogger" to justify why she's getting more media attention than other missing cases. Before her disappearance, she had about 1,000 subscribers and received hundreds of thousands more after her disappearance went public.

Popular IG model Mercedes Morr - who had over 2.7 million followers - didn't receive this type of media attention when she couldn't be reached by family, then was reportedly strangled to death and was found dead in her Houston apartment last month.

Folks are just tired of the inconsistencies and wants America to DO BETTER!

Photo: Joy's IG

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