Where's Amir? Missing Boy's Case Gets Scant Notice
His mother is sent to prison but won't say what happened to him
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2012 12:26 PM CDT
In this Nov. 25, 2011, photo provided by the Columbia S.C., Police Department, 18-month-old Amir Jennings is shown.   (AP Photo/Columbia S.C., Police Dept.)

(Newser) – A long-held criticism of the media is that stories about missing white kids get big play in contrast to those about missing minority kids. The case of 18-month Amir Jennings, an African-American from South Carolina, is the latest case in point. He hasn't been seen since November, and his mother has told so many blatant lies about his disappearance that she got sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for unlawful conduct. And yet, despite the pleas of detectives, Amir's case has generated relatively little national attention, notes AP.

It doesn't help that the investigation has yielded no major breakthroughs, but, still, the contrast with the obvious comparison of Caylee Anthony's coverage is striking. "Media has always leaned toward the cute little kids," says Monica Caison of the CUE Center for Missing Persons. "And unfortunately, a lot of times they think cute little kids are white."

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Sep 9, 2012 2:27 PM CDT
Facts are Facts to the evolved mind. But the facts about racial indifferences will never be recognized by racist redneck hicks because they lack the evolutionary development of certain brain structures that facilitate empathy. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that they have so much inbreeding which leaves little hope that empathy will ever develop in this group. Empathy is an evolved attribute that is vital for a civil society but if you lack the biological structures to facilitate empathy you will never understand the plight of racial injustice. To be expected: racist, go ahead and attack below...
Sep 8, 2012 10:57 PM CDT
here we go again. The Newser staff writer made it a racial article to stir up shit. Bleeding heart asshole.
Sep 8, 2012 2:09 PM CDT
The U.S. Department of Justice reports: "Nearly 800,000 children younger than 18 are missing each year, or an average of 2,185 children reported missing each day.More than 200,000 children were were abducted by family members.More than 58,000 children were abducted by nonfamily members.115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. These crimes involve someone the child does not know or a slight acquaintance who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently." But let's just scream "Racists"