October 11, 2023
California ranks in the top states where people of color are disappearing at an alarming rate. Sadly, many of our cases are under the radar, like Arianna Fitts of San Francisco, who has been missing for seven years after her mom was found murdered. We must change this statistic.
Senator Steven Bradford’s “Ebony Alert” legislation, which has now been signed by Governor Gavin Newsom is a step in the right direction and we hope it would encourage other legislators across the country to follow suit. When time is critical, we must reach the most amount of people in the shortest time and the media and social media are the only entities that have the power to amplify these stories and to keep them top of mind with the public, which is critical for bringing our loved one’s home.
It is important to continue to raise awareness about this issue and advocate for policies that prioritize finding missing people of color. We must ensure that every missing person is given the same amount of attention and resources, regardless of their race or socioeconomic status. Let us work together to bring justice and peace to families who are searching for their loved ones.
Photo credit: Black and Missing Foundation