Celebrities take to social media to aid Washington, D.C. authorities in their efforts to locate over a dozen missing teenage girls.
Previously reported, this week, Washington, D.C. made headlines after the city’s Metropolitan Police Department took to social media, tweeting out names of missing-persons — a number of teenage Black and Latina girls.
While officials are adamant that the over 30 names reflect only the fact that the department just recently began requesting the community’s help in order to close cases, an overwhelming number of people have voiced their concern, insisting the number of missing girls points to a much larger problem — how missing persons of color have become far too common, both in D.C. and across the nation. Not to mention the serious lack of coverage on the media’s part as opposed cases involving White people who have gone missing.
Now, everyone from “NCIS” star L.L. Cool J to Viola Davis, Diddy and more are sounding off with their thoughts and pleas to bring our daughters, friends, classmates… home.
I want #missingdcgirls trending!!!!!
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) March 24, 2017
“I want #missingdcgirls trending!!!!!” the rapper demanded via Twitter. Meanwhile, Davis shared a brief video clip, highlighting the faces of the missing girls as well as a contact number for anyone who may have pertinent information regarding the unsolved cases. “If you have any information on the missing teens in this video, please call 202-727-9099 #MissingDCGirls,” she wrote.
Of course, LL and Viola were only a handful of stars including Gabrielle Union, Tina Knowles, Sophia Bush, Taraji P. Henson, Jurnee Bell-Smollett and many more who have sounded off with their concerns. Hit the flip for the reactions below.