An Instagram post announcing that 14 black girls went missing in D.C. within a 24-hour period sent people into a tizzy. Celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union began posting about the missing Black girls in D.C. Soon, the Congressional Black Caucus was involved and called for the FBI to investigate. That's not all. Press conferences were held and demands made for authorities to pay more attention to the plight of missing black women in D.C. Problem was, the information was incorrect.
Over a dozen District teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 18—all Black or Hispanic—are missing. Concerned residents held a town hall meeting to question officials.
Although African-Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s…