Posts Tagged ‘Alexis Patterson’


The month of May got off in a rocky start lately. 276 girls in Nigeria was abducted without warning  and still there are answers. Not usually I write this, but I think what is happening is an related cycle of questioning. This story with the missing girls is a primary example of asking for answers.

Correct me if I’m wrong about this from my understanding through the wires, each of the 276 captives were being bought at 12.00 per child?!!!

SERIOUSLY?!! 12 BUCKS?!!!

How in the world we live in do we allow to have 200+ girls missing in the motherland, get abducted, get sold into this abomination? And they say slavery was dead and it don’t exist no more. Well I have to ask, what is it that didn’t exist again?

Yesterday on her show, Melissa Harris-Perry openly expressed in her letter about her concerns about the girls. And I should point out,she has two daughters:

Your lives cannot be equated to a dollar amount. Because your potential is limitless. And now the drumbeat from those in your country and around the world are banging loudly so that you will not be forgotten. From the dozens of protesters that gathered outside Nigeria’s parliament on Wednesday to call on security forces to search for you, to the growing online campaign #BringBackOurGirls, which is forcing the media and the world to pay attention and conveying to you that you are not just Nigeria’s daughters – you are daughters of the world. As evidenced by the group that rallied outside the U.N. to protest the abductions, visibly frustrated by the lack of progress.

Now it has been apparent that yes the U.S. has been in the conversation, and yes the State Department has been asked to assist the searching of the girls. Now we all know that there were those who had “asked” the President to make a choice to decide in helping to look for the girls. When in doubt, of course that the U.S. State Department is on the case for this. And I hope that the state does indeed work to it’s ability to help rescue those who have been missing thus far.

Which brings me to my second point: Now I know many in the United States have overly expressed their content of finding the missing girls. BUT Americans, I don’t mean to convey this, but while we send those looking abroad, don’t forget we have black girls missing HERE! We have black girls being abducted, kidnapped, end up missing, captured HERE!

In Milwaukee, my hometown has not forgotten the child, now hopefully an adult Alexis Patterson. Since May 2002, Alexis was going to school at Hi-Mount Elementary, about to cross the street and after that, she was not seen since. She was not seen since that morning since. And yet we go or to remind ourselves to get right to search for this girl who has been missing for over a decade. Yes, I’m aware that there have been new leads from law enforcement, but Alexis is still missing. And yes we know about the 3 girls who were abducted from one man in Cleveland and all were found alive. Hopefully that same mentality can be made for Alexis Patterson. Now America, and the international brothers and sisters of the world, Bring back ALL of our Black Girls who are missing. Now matter if it’s in Nigeria or Wisconsin, or Miami or any other international city that has the same concern as everyone else. The hashtag: #BringBackOurGirls may mean something to generate a belief of motivation and has rightfully so. But the hashtag should also have the fortitude of action to get this accomplished not just abroad, but also in the country like America!

What I’m saying is I’m not slighting the fact by cutting out the missing girls shouldn’t be a priority. It is a priority to those who are family members, friends, neighbors and many others. And I hope they do find those girls and bring them back safe! The same can be said for Alexis Patterson and many other girls of color who are missing everyday and you don’t hardly hear or see their names alot. You really don’t.  It’s not like back in 2013 when everyone was getting the justice of Trayvon Martin and many hated the notion of not doing enough to solve problems of young black men who were killed in the local areas. Technically we know it’s more national than local. It always have been. That’s like the death of Michael Jackson five years ago was overshadowing the death of Farrah Fawcett on the same day. Nothing new.

Final point: Bring those girls back! Bring Alexis Patterson back! and bring back anyone that is locally, regionally, nationally, and Internationally MISSING and black, overall!

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I saw the news.

Charles Ramsey did something that no one ever tried to do: rescued the young teens who were missing for a decade. That’s right. A decade.

Now if this does not speak the ills of joy, I don’t know what is.

Basically last night, as I watched the news clip, here is an everyday dude who lived in Cleveland for a year, had broken a case in which the families of the missing have been experiencing. Does Charles Ramsey need to recognized as a hero? Absolutely. He might be up there with Ted Williams. Now I know there are some who have already forgotten about the man with the golden voice. I haven’t. But for a black dude like Charles, is a Ted Williams in a different sense of collective responsibility.  Uh-oh. That word again. The reference of Melissa Harris-Perry again. So yes, what can be said about Charles Ramsey is another example of Collective Responsibility.  Another example of heroics. And another example of not being ashamed of doing the right thing. Personally, he should be given a key to the City of Cleveland, a Proclamation  of “Charles Ramsey Day”, some cash if possible, and/or if he’s working, he should have a month off from work. But for him to be famous? Nah.  Let this ordinary dude have his say, and we get on with our lives like being focused on the getting work, a 15,000 stock to invest, and health care.

Now since this news broke out in the media: The media must wise up when it comes to finding those who are people of color. Specifically black. What was made out of Cleveland, should be sampled EVERYWHERE! Take this: majority of the coverages of those who are missing, usually are more of Caucasian, than African-American. Take Elizabeth Smart for example. Her coverage of her whereabouts had her on almost every news station and outlet in the country. And she was found. But also, take here in Milwaukee, Alexis Patterson who had less coverage in the outlets of America. For reference, Alexis Patterson was 7 years old, in 2002 when she end up missing and it has been over a decade and still no trace. Plus Alexis was black. And this year in Milwaukee, marked 11 years since her disappearance. By now, if she were found, she would be 18 years old and close enough to be a Senior in High School or starting college. Plus, I’m calling out the Milwaukee Media to NOT EVER oversight the Alexis Patterson Case. This is not a political thing here. This was someones child that disappeared and in hoping not to be ending up dead or in a someone’s house abducted or brainwashed. I’m calling out Milwaukee in general NOT to overshadow Alexis Patterson, period! Yeah, I’m injecting the “Collective Responsibility” sample out of the Melissa Harris-Perry  #Nerdland playbook. Others who got the most coverage: Natalee Holloway, Jon Benet Ramsey, Lacy Petersen, Jennifer Wilbanks, whom were all Caucasian and they were missing that got the most coverage. And Latoya Figureroa was black that had less coverage of her story, and she was found dead in 2005.

Now knowing this should not be an issue of race. I hate to say it, in a sense, but it is. Just like with discrimination in the workplace. Or, if a certain company refuses to hire black folks, or give them a good house in a decent neighborhood, schools, districts, the entertainment venues, a restaurant, or I dare say, and some might not believe: the church. All the same and most think it’s all smoke and mirrors. Which is not. Since most of the media overshadows the black missing folks, there are those in the Black TV/Media Print world that doesn’t. TVOne for example has a show called “Find our Missing” in which highlights the missing black folks that most of media passes up. Even though the show had it’s season finale but the cause of finding those of color goes on. Even when Michael Baisden had a segment on his show called “Missing Child of the Week” in which, once again focused on those who are missing and black. Even Jet Magazine is jumping in on this. They had a article last month: Missing and Black – Where’s the Outrage?” And basically again it centers around missing black children and the emotion of why most on there don’t get that coverage. The Huffington Post had a segment “800,000 and Counting” which centered around the story in which Jet Magazine previously covered with missing black children. And Marc Lamont Hill covered the segments.

Since the fight for the black and missing is still in session, there is no excuse for sleeping on the cases. None. I will agree that anyone who goes missing deserves the reasons why. But the overshadowing one person over another based on people of color, that is no reason to sleep period!


Dear America:

Bascially by now, we’ve all been glueing to our TV’s and computers about the statuses of the Trayvon Martin tributes. It still hits home to most of us who have, or are around young African-American teens. The thing that kind of got to me was about that not everyone is a fan of this. That’s understandable. But I hear comments like: I get it. Trayvon Martin RIP in all. And I also hear comments like that should be a Florida issue. Not a other state issue. Especially a Milwaukee issue. It really kind of sickens me that we have this Aura of thinking that we shouldn’t be concerned at all. I for one have to be concerned. I kept thinking about the word BALANCE. Trayvon’s murder has sparked another example about having those talks about the epidemics of young black males being murdered. I can relate that when the summer comes in July, it will mark 10 years for one of my relative’s passing.

Do I still look at the funeral bulletin? Yes I do. Do I go to the grave site and reflect? Yes I do. Do I focus on what I have to do? Absolutely. I hope that ANY old school person who want to comment about life stuff more that has to understand that. What they and us have to realize that “without death, there can’t be life. ” If I caught anyone offguard by saying that, sorry. But in essence that is real talk. No matter how you splice it. It is.

The big argument about this was on Blowradio.com this week. Now, I like listening to Blowradio, and hearing the comments of Homer Blow. But I have to add that with all the hoopla about Trayvon, he also talked about why we don’t ever investigate the Milwaukee murders of Yolanda “LaLa” Brown, JeTannue Clayborn, Jasmine Owens, the missing updates of Alexis Patterson, or many others. I think what he was emphasizing was we get behind the Trayvon Martin tributes, but ignore our own who has passed on. And I can hear like, why wasn’t the attackers of these weren’t caught in all? And he concluded, “that’s exactly my point.” By the way, Yolanda “La La” Brown was a local R&B Singer in Milwaukee that died at 21 in 2007.

Well you know what, I think it all goes back to all that STOP SNITCHING mess. Oh yeah, I’m going there! The stop snitching movement needs to be dead. It needs to be put in a casket and die! That is one of the main reasons I think that the murders like La La Brown and her boyfriend, JeTannue Clayborn, (aka Koo Laid) don’t get solved. I didn’t hear that nor see that on Blowradio.com besides this. If those who stood behind the “Stop Snitching movement”, need to start snitching and get some answers. That is one of the things that is holding this back. Homer Blow, as good as he is, needs to understand that. I’m just saying.

So there is nothing wrong supporting a movement that doesn’t involve those locally. Maybe that movement can be supportive by initiating a call to action campaign by reeducating US about the use to get this movement going.

Technically we’ve been talking about it, BUT…..where is the result? I say DON’T STOP SNITCHING. For the Trayvon Martin case, I think his attacker, George Zimmerman will be sentenced. No question. I think the use of Hoodies will continue. And on a personal note, I wear hoodies alot and I don’t get those looks about being a dealer of violence. I think it’s upsurd an stupid. I’ve seen folks who dress up in business suits go to jail for major stuff. Does Bernie Madoff ring a bell?

Regards,

 

Stephen’s Spot