Joy Reid, of “The ReidOut” on MSNBC has fanned the flames of racial division by throwing out the phrase “Missing White Woman Syndrome”, while referring to the media coverage of the disappearance, and eventual homicide of Gabby Petito… as if people should be insensitive to the tragedy that has occurred.
I try to avoid voicing my opinion, because I hate conflict… but this disgusted me to my core.
Why did the media focus on the Gabby Petito missing person case. This young woman was 22 years old on an adventure of her lifetime, with her fiance’. She disappeared as her fiance’ returned home to North Port, FL with the van SHE owned, leaving her behind, as we know now, dead in the wilderness. Her family, in a desperate plea for help in finding her, contacted the police and the media for help, as any family would in worry of their family member. Her fiance’ has since disappeared. Whether he is cowardly on the run, or just cowardly killed himself in guilt and no one has found is body yet, this case is, unfortunately, not an unusual situation.
So… for Joy Reid to judge the media coverage, as if she has been wronged as a black person, is simply sickening. According to Wikipedia, Joy Reid has a salary of $1.5 million per year, with a Harvard Education. Undoubtedly, she has worked hard, and used every advantage to create her wealth and privilege. No one can deny her that, and I applaud her hard work throughout her lifetime.
HOWEVER… Gabby Petito’s life possibilities were robbed of her. I find it highly insensitive of this media host to stomp on the efforts of her family to ask for the help of media and authorities to bring closure to the tragic ending of this case. This family just wanted answers as to what happened to their daughter. It’s a case that drew communities in from around the country.
Politics and race aside, Ms. Reid… learn not to bring others down in your quest for racial happiness. Women have their own disadvantages, no matter what their color. Have respect. This story, unfortunately has a sinister ending, and your opinion of it happened before this family even had a chance to bury their daughter. I feel like you owe this family a huge apology.
Be kind… no matter what your race, color, sexual orientation, or political affiliation, and people will return the kindness. Work together and choose your words wisely!