History Main / MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome

17th May '18 11:01:24 AM cordychase
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* In ''Series/TheExorcist'', Casey, the possession victim, at one point vanishes. At the same time, a killer has been targeting black people, brutally murdering them for parts of their bodies. Casey is white, blonde, conventionally attractive and [[spoiler: the daughter of Regan MacNeil from the original movie, which nets extra shock value for the press]]. She gets so much more attention that people actually hold a protest about it.
30th Apr '18 11:08:02 AM Chytus
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* The case of Privates Lori Ann Piestewa, Shoshana Johnson and Jessica Lynch in Iraq 2003. They were a part of a convoy who got side-tracked and attacked in Iraq, with PFC Piewstewa losing her life and the rest being captured. Piestewa was Native American (full-blooded Hopi) while Johnson is African-American and Lynch is Caucasian. PFC Lynch contemplated later that all the media attention was concerned on her and her well-being and completely forgetting that of Piestewa and Johnson and all the men in the convoy. She later christened her daughter after Piestewa.
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17th Feb '18 5:56:50 AM morane
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* The case of Privates Lori Ann Piestewa, Shoshana Johnson and Jessica Lynch in Iraq 2003. They were a part of a convoy who got side-tracked and attacked in Iraq, with PFC Piewstewa losing her life. She was Native American (full-blooded Hopi) while Johnson is African-American and Lynch is Caucasian. PFC Lynch contemplated later that all the media attention was concerned on her and her well-being and completely forgetting that of Piestewa and Johnson and all the men in the convoy. She later christened her daughter after Piestewa.

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* The case of Privates Lori Ann Piestewa, Shoshana Johnson and Jessica Lynch in Iraq 2003. They were a part of a convoy who got side-tracked and attacked in Iraq, with PFC Piewstewa losing her life. She life and the rest being captured. Piestewa was Native American (full-blooded Hopi) while Johnson is African-American and Lynch is Caucasian. PFC Lynch contemplated later that all the media attention was concerned on her and her well-being and completely forgetting that of Piestewa and Johnson and all the men in the convoy. She later christened her daughter after Piestewa.
17th Feb '18 5:55:55 AM morane
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* The case of Privates Lori Ann Piestewa, Shoshana Johnson and Jessica Lynch in Iraq 2003. They were a part of a convoy who got side-tracked and attacked in Iraq, with PFC Piewstewa losing her life. She was Native American (full-blooded Hopi) while Johnson is African-American and Lynch is Caucasian. PFC Lynch contemplated later that all the media attention was concerned on her and her well-being and completely forgetting that of Piestewa and Johnson and all the men in the convoy. She later christened her daughter after Piestewa.
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15th Feb '18 6:07:51 PM DrOO7
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* Brought up in ''Series/BostonLegal'' when after Denise's Hispanic housekeeper's son is abducted, she goes to Brad for help and points out that since the child is Hispanic, it's not like the media will be all over the case.

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* In the ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' episode "Masquerade" (based on the original series "Good Girl"), the defendant claims to have killed the victim in self-defense after he raped her and was trying to do so again. Crown Prosecutor George Castle shrewdly notes to his underlings that public sympathy will be with her, a pretty, blonde white girl, rather than the victim, a Pakistani boy.
* Brought up in ''Series/BostonLegal'' when after Denise's Hispanic housekeeper's son is abducted, she goes to Brad for help and points point out that since the child is Hispanic, it's not like the media will be all over the case.
10th Feb '18 11:02:46 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/FreedomOnMyMind'': This film is a documentary about the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Many progressive young white people descend on the state in order to help black people get the right to vote. More than one person interviewed notes that the most important reason that white college kids had to be brought to Mississippi to help, is that the national media would care a lot more if clean-cut white kids get murdered in Mississippi than they would if black people get murdered. Thus the presence of the white volunteers is necessary to draw attention and to gain the sympathy of white America. (And in fact, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murders_of_Chaney,_Goodman,_and_Schwerner the murder that galvanizes opinion across the nation]] involves two white people and only one black person.)
4th Jan '18 5:17:52 PM nombretomado
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* In the 2012 movie of ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', Jenko and Schmidt are sent undercover into a high school to find out about a new synthetic drug being sold. Their captain (played by IceCube) says that since it's white people dying, the police care.

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* In the 2012 movie of ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', Jenko and Schmidt are sent undercover into a high school to find out about a new synthetic drug being sold. Their captain (played by IceCube) Music/IceCube) says that since it's white people dying, the police care.
31st Oct '17 8:02:37 PM lakingsif
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The origin of the term is unclear. Although Professor Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland claims to have coined it circa 2005, it apparently has been in use among journalists (and Website/{{FARK}}.com) for years before that. It's also been referred to as "missing pretty girl syndrome" and "[[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]] syndrome". In particular, the United States (and to a lesser extent Canada) has the AMBER Alert, which is a special alert code for child abductions and was named for the young white daughter of influential parents.

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The origin of the term is unclear. Although Professor Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland claims to have coined it circa 2005, it apparently has been in use among journalists (and Website/{{FARK}}.com) for years before that. It's also been referred to as "missing pretty girl syndrome" and "[[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]] syndrome". In particular, the United States (and to a lesser extent Canada) has the AMBER Alert, which is a special alert code for [[MissingChild child abductions abductions]] and was named for the young white daughter of influential parents.
27th Oct '17 4:32:12 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The actual plot doesn't really follow this, though. The police ''did'' find and capture them; we'll never know if they would have ultimately escaped justice since he murdered them in cold blood before their trial.
27th Oct '17 2:46:42 PM DesertDragon
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Compare IfItBleedsItLeads, LocalAngle, MenAreTheExpendableGender (the news certainly thinks so), WorstNewsJudgmentEver.

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Compare IfItBleedsItLeads, LocalAngle, MenAreTheExpendableGender (the news certainly thinks so), MenAreTheExpendableGender, WorstNewsJudgmentEver.
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