Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Jones, it has happened again, another blond, blue-eyed young woman is missing and has made prime time television. This time Jane Doe is named Tiffany Sessions. Now I have been over this for a while, is their an inherently different and unique value that a woman has if she is white, blond and blue eyes? Slim has been missing for eons and now she get on the tube? How many sisters go and have been missing for a day even and don’t make media room footage?

I’m sorry, you can call me racist but really I am a pragmatist and as well a scholar. If it seems strange, that a woman gets more recoginition being missing after years, over other women of lesser time and alternate ethic persuasions, it is not by accident.

I just get tired of my own folk saying this is not a race issue. I agree, it’s a value issue. White women are more important than my sisters according to media outlets. I didn’t make the rule they did, and I’m just not myopic enough to miss it. Sure, I should care more about Destiny Child singing their final, final apperace at the NBA all star game. Sure I should care that if I say I was shooting Quail, and shoot a man in the face and neck three times at point blank range it may not work for me. Regardless, empiricism suggest that this difference in value of women based on melanin content is disturbing to me.

The trip is that her ROLEX, is supposed to be the catch to ending the case. A Rolex, a watch that more than 95 percent of Americans cannot afford, is the only clue they are using to make her human. I guess Truman Capote's view of breakfast at Tiffany's takes on new meaning now. I’m just gone stop while I am a head main. I’m a father, and I just feel slighted, because I know in the news room, my daughter won’t be given the same dap as slim Joe Willie wop. Fuck that trick man.

13 comments:

Melissa said...

You speak the truth and I love it.
I get so tired of seeing that happen over and over again. Don't get me wrong I hate to hear about anyone being missing for whatever number of day, months or years. But like you said you never hear about a sister being missing at all. And if you do it's once on the news and that's it.

Melissa

Paola said...

I think ur right, and unfortunatly in this messed up world we live in people are of importance not because of what they are worth or have done for themselves and others, it is based on appearance and it's deeper then skin color. Money is one of the major issues to me.

Anonymous said...

It feels good knowing that I am not alone in my thoughts... If this topic were to surface in a lunch room at the office everyone would have expressed their deepest concerns and "that is a shame" comments, me included, but I guarantee not one will say what about Sheniqua Alize Wilkins.. she been gone forEVA and cant get the word out on the local radio station. I agree with Melissa, every life is prescious but it is difficult for sistas to get our props from any race, including our own. I believe it begins and ends with us.

rcookalicious

Ri said...

Agreed on that one Raw Dawg.

obifromsouthlondon said...

it's a feeling i have all the time. when is a value system racist? when it's institutionalized. sometimes I have stop thinking. over here in the UK I avoid reading certain newspapers.

how do you explain a detailed page of missing white people and the only brethren in said newspaper (with six million+ supplements on sports, cars etc) is a dude wanted in connection with some murder?

T read this post by miss ahmad. there's some link with your post. somewhere.

katalina jenkins said...

Makes you wonder how many of Us go missing? And do we ever get found?

Kionna said...

I agree with everyone on here. Things like this make me think of our people as a whole. It's not only in the news, when someone is missing that we (Blacks and minorities) are not "worthy enough" to be mentioned, or acknowledged. Black people and minorities everywhere are lacking the recognition that we deserve in society, in most things that we do or accomplish. Its like we have to work three times harder to get what we deserve, and even then we dont always get it. I feel like if ur not making six figures, haven't graduated from an Ivy league School,aren't hanging around a bunch of big money making people all day, and speaking their terms, then society doesn't want to accept you, or even acknowledge you for tht matter.

Neatha said...

I am all good with the news running with the stories of missing women; do wish race wasn't a factor...but more importantly I wish they spent as much time telling the back end of the stories.
The "Runaway Bride" was found finally in my hometown, but you never heard that she was found in a neighborhood known for its crack trade(my old neighborhood), and that it was not anywhere near the bus station she arrived in town at...that HO went looking to get crack and apparently turned tricks to get it, before calling home and lying about being kidnapped, raped, and tortured...tell the stories just finish it up, and tell the truth at the end.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

tp neatha - i know thats the truth

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