Thanks to a reader for sending us a tip about the case of missing 2-year-old Jada Justice of Gary, Indiana. It’s been eight days since Justice disappeared when her cousin went into a convenience store to buy milk and cigarettes, leaving the toddler in the car. The case is just now beginning to draw wider attention outside the Indiana and Chicago media markets, in contrast to other stories like those of Polly Klaas, Elizabeth Smart, and Caylee Anthony (just to mention a few), whose abductions were immediately picked up by the national news. The media has been much slower on the draw in Justice’s case, and that’s why it’s worth mentioning that little Jada is not white. I would be absolutely shocked if she ended up on the cover of People or if her case’s resolution (hopefully in the form of a safe return) is the top story on the nightly news, as it was for the more high-profile, always-white victims. To her credit, at least Nancy Grace did cover the story. But the MSM focuses almost exclusively on white crime victims, especially when those victims are children. A recent exception was the murder of Sandra Cantu, but it doesn’t look like the klieg lights are about to shine on little Jada Justice. I really hope to be proven wrong on that, although what I hope for even more is simply Jada’s safety.
UPDATE: Jada was discovered dead on Thursday. May she rest in peace.