July 10, 2008
Posted: 02:08 PM ET
NEW YORK - I am going to say something because it needs saying. It’s not going to win me any popularity contests but I’m not here to be popular.
I’m here to tell the truth. And the truth is that as tragic as Michelle Gardner-Quinn’s death is, she is not the only woman to be murdered in Vermont last year. And Natalie Holloway, well she’s not the only woman missing in the Caribbean. Laci Peterson was far from the only pregnant woman killed in California. Chandra Levy, Taylor Behl and the list goes on. Tragedies to be sure. But also part of something called the missing white woman syndrome.
I’m not making it up. Just Google it or even go to Wikipedia. It’s the term they use to describe disproportionate media coverage of white female crime victims. The essential element of the syndrome is gender, race, attractiveness, and age. We all respond to the damsel in distress. We all love a good fairy tale. But these aren’t fairy tales. This is real life.
So when we remember Michelle let’s also remember all the other women who lost their lives. Those whose names we may never hear. And that’s the Last Word.
–Jami Floyd, In Session anchor
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