The Today Show did a segment yesterday entitled Hannah’s Story.
As soon as I heard the promo for the segment at the opening of the show, I knew that the kidnapping victim would be young, white and probably blond.
Not surprising, I was right.
My wife heard me shout at the television in protest, and she argued that this was a national news story worthy of coverage. Even though I had yet to hear about Hannah and her presumably tragic kidnapping through my usual news sources, I believed her.
I’m sure that the mainstream media outlets covered this story closely, and perhaps justifiably so. I’m sure that The Today Show garnered millions of viewers for the segment.
But I also don’t care. I refused to listen to a single word of Hannah’s Story.
This may come as a surprise to you, especially if you get your news primarily through sources like The Today Show and network news in general, but people are kidnapped in America every day, and some of them are not young.
Some of them are not female.
Some of them are not white.
Some of them are not blond.
Even though you can probably name half a dozen young, white, probably blond girls who have been kidnapped and murdered over the last decade, there are African-American, Latino and Asian girls kidnapped and murdered all the time. Boys, too. And older people. Unattractive people, even. It happens every day. And in even greater numbers than young, white, blond girls.
But can you name even one?
Can you name a single African-American kidnapping victim from any point in American history?
For every Chandra Levy, Laci Peterson, Natalee Holloway, Taylor Behl, Elizabeth Smart or Jaycee Dugard (names that even I know despite my purposeful refusal to pay attention to these stories), can you name even one non-white kidnapping victim?
Or one male kidnapping victim?
Or a kidnapping victim over the age of 30?
I don’t know how other mainstream news sources cover kidnappings, but The Today Show has been specializing in young, white, oftentimes blond kidnapping victims for years, and they suck.
It’s a disgrace. I refuse to watch. You should, too.