Parents' Guide to

Black and Missing

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Powerful docu about racial bias and missing persons.

TV HBO Reality TV 2021
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The powerful TV docuseries highlights and analyzes the historic lack of interest in, and due diligence of, law enforcement and media to push forward Black missing persons cases. It showcases how Derrica Wilson, a former police officer, and Natalie Wilson, a public relations expert, have been important advocates for the missing, as well as for their families who are desperately trying to find them. The details offered to contextualize their work -- e.g., 40% of all reported missing persons in 2019 were people of color, despite the fact that missing young White women received the most media attention (a phenomenon known as "missing white woman syndrome") -- are eye-opening. So are the connections between historic racism in the United States and how law enforcement makes decisions about how much time, effort, and resources should be committed to cases involving Black and other people of color. But Black and Missing manages to discuss these details, and to feature families talking about their missing loved ones and what they have actively done to find them, without sensationalizing their stories. The result is a series that raises awareness about the issue and underscores specific systemic changes that must be made to treat all missing persons cases with the urgency and commitment they deserve.

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