Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Missing and Murdered Children

[Strong Trigger Warning for murder of young children]

This is a local news page about something horrible that happened in my area last month. A little girl disappeared walking home from school; her dead body was found a week later in a landfill just across the state line. She was seven years old, and it is a horrible tragedy for her and her family that some subhuman decided to kidnap and kill her and leave her like trash on a landfill. No child deserves that.

She was also white and cute, so her horrible tragedy made news. I think it even made national news, but I know for a fact it was BIG NEWS here locally.

Now there's an organization called Justice for Somer, trying to find her killer and bring zie to justice.

What I want to know is where is the outcry when a little kid whose skin is brown of some shade disappears and zir dead body is found somewhere? Where's the justice for them? Do we, as a nation, think that black, Latin@, Asian, Native American/First Nations, mixed race, otherwise non-white kids are less valuable? Do we think it's less tragic when they are kidnapped and murdered than it was for Somer? Do we think their families grieve any less?

I'd love to live in a world where child predators didn't exist, but the truth is, we live in a world where some very horrible individuals enjoy harming children. And it doesn't just happen to cute white kids.

Where is the justice for all children?