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Racial Justice in Praxis Conference 2017

This is a group for attendees and organizers of the Racial Justice in Praxis Conference, taking place at National Louis University in Chicago on May 19th, 2017.
Patricia Luckoo
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As someone who reads and watches various news outlets daily, it disturbed me that this story received minimal or no coverage. I am often asked why I chose to study black women's (race, class, gender and sexuality) issues as my research interest. It is never hard to find examples playing out in real-time to support my position that Black girls and women remain one of the most marginalized groups in society today. The unique intersectional experiences of Black women remain inadequately addressed socially, economically and politically. The media’s lack of coverage of the missing Black teenage girls in DC strikes a mournful, yet familiar chord for black people and women especially. And I want to thank all the black women on Twitter who lend their voice and brought this issue into the public eye.

I understand that we live in a time where conversations about race can be uncomfortable. Many would prefer to pretend that racial discrimination is a matter of the past and that people are no longer treated differently because of the color of their skin. But for black women, men and their daughters who are routinely impacted by inequality and injustice, discomfort is a reality from which we can neither hide nor escape. So, let’s take a moment to reflect on the possibility that race may play a factor in the coverage and lack thereof of the more than 20 missing Black DC teenage girls in the last two months that is just making it's way to mainstream media - despite our dislike of the subject. If the response to the following questions is yes, as a society, whether white or black, we should all be uncomfortable with the answers.

If white teenage girls were going missing, and foul play is suspected, would there be more media coverage of the story? Would there be greater urgency by the FBI get involved to find those girls?

Why not the same for black girls?

Rochele Royster
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Rochele Royster
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Rochele Royster
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Rochele Royster
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Rochele Royster
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