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Despite pleas, missing South Carolina boy falls by wayside



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"Someone needs to be brought to justice," Fish said. "In Amir’s case, they can’t be out for justice because we don’t know what happened to him."

Officials with the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc., an organization that focuses on finding missing minorities, said they struggle to get and maintain news coverage of minority missing persons cases.

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"We are making some headway, but there are still challenges," said co-founder Natalie Wilson, who said she sometimes gets pushback when pitching a story to media outlets.

Noting she has had some recent successes pitching missing minority cases to media outlets, Wilson said she’s often told that editors and producers can’t promise coverage and don’t have the time to run a big piece. In one instance, a plea for help to find a young missing black girl was bumped to report the news that Paris Hilton had been released from jail.

"How does that supersede someone’s life?" Wilson asked. "Can you imagine how her parents would feel?"

Attention on a missing child case should be the same — intense — regardless of gender or race," Caison said.

"It’s not an excuse," Caison said. "A child missing should be aired because of the fact that they’re a child, that they’re away from safe haven, and that there’s foul play or other concerns involved."




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