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"The Blond Angel" Kidnapping Case and Racism
Posted 10/21/13 , edited 10/21/13
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/10393394/Maria-mystery-Roma-couple-charged-with-child-abduction.html

So recently there has been a major kidnapping case that has made headlines globally. In Greece among Roma-Gypsies, a blond-haired, blue-eyed little girl has been found living among these people. The case has become an international affair, and has garnered a lot of media attention, sympathy and donations.

While this is excellent for the child in regards to helping her, and finding her real family - and also excellent for bringing even more awareness to child trafficking and kidnapping - the question remains: would this little girl have gotten so much attention, support and been called "a beautiful angel" if she had not looked the way she did?

This is NOT commentary against the poor child, but rather the system - how unfair it is that globally in terms of kidnapping and the like, news mainly focuses only on children with blond hair/blue eyes. 99% of the time, the news only features a kidnapping tale if the child is blond haired/blue eyes, or at least white.

Why is this?

In certain areas of the world, yes - children with those colourings are more "in demand", but that does not mean that other children of different colourings/races are not kidnapped either. The media only focuses on white children while there are so many children of different races who are globally kidnapped/trafficked/etc.

Where I live, in my local news there was an Asian little girl (I think she was Korean - can't remember) who was missing. The evening local news ran the story on one small section only saying a child was missing. No "beautiful angel" references, no praising adjectives, no nothing. The girl is still missing and the case did not receive any airing after that, and most certainly not any global sensationalism.

Just how sad is that?

When is the last time a non-white child who was kidnapped made global headlines, and the case kept coming back time and time again? I suppose to some people, the idea of a pretty blond haired, blue eyed child is far more endearing than another child being mistreated.

While I do wish this little girl the best, I seriously think something needs to be done about cases being presented.

What do you think of the media bias? What can be done about it?



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this is not going to end well -backs slowly out of the thread-


Can't you even offer a bit of commentary on what you think, or whether you agree or not? I don't see why people on Crunchy can't discuss a topic without going off the topic or insane. >_>
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Could you move it there then?


I don't have that authority. The monitors will. I think you can too.

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K, thanks.
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K, thanks.


No problem.

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puellapeanut wrote:


uncletim wrote:

this is not going to end well -backs slowly out of the thread-


Can't you even offer a bit of commentary on what you think, or whether you agree or not? I don't see why people on Crunchy can't discuss a topic without going off the topic or insane. >_>


Why no matter which side someone will call me a racest because I don't share their point of view., That is what threads like this degrade to

Posted 10/21/13
The media upholds a certain normative that without a doubt is racist and socially conditions society to be as well. What can be done about it? No idea. Internalized racism (or discrimination in general) is pretty difficult to deal with especially when most people don't acknowledge its existence.
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...Didn't you have something different written before o_O
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...Didn't you have something different written before o_O


I did, but i thought it was stupid, so nvm
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Well I guess I will put my two cents in I think any crime agianest a child is wrong I think child trafficking is one of the greatest evils of this world reguardless of race. I think hell is too good for the likes who deal in child trafficking. When I hear of a child in trouble I don't think of race I think of trying to help the kid
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puellapeanut wrote:



...Didn't you have something different written before o_O


I did, but i thought it was stupid, so nvm


Oh great....And I wanted to reply to you, because you wrote some interesting things... >_>
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puellapeanut wrote:


Ohyamatsumi wrote:


puellapeanut wrote:



...Didn't you have something different written before o_O


I did, but i thought it was stupid, so nvm


Oh great....And I wanted to reply to you, because you wrote some interesting things... >_>


Sorry ..... I get nervous when i post sometimes, its sounds stupid i know....
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