Ebony Alerts, Feather Alerts, But No Dot Alerts
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From NBC News:

California just created the ‘Ebony Alert’ to find missing Black children

Advocates say the alert system is the first step in addressing the crisis of missing Black children.

Oct. 10, 2023, 12:59 PM PDT
By Char Adams

California’s newly enacted “Ebony Alert” law is the first of its kind in the nation to prioritize the search for Black youth gone missing.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 673 into law on Sunday, making California the first state to create an alert notification system—similar to an Amber Alert—to address the crisis of missing Black children and young women.

The law, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, will allow the California Highway Patrol to activate the alert upon request from local law enforcement when a Black youth goes missing in the area. The Ebony Alert will utilize electronic highway signs and encourage use of radio, TV, social media and other systems to spread information about the missing persons’ alert. The Ebony Alert will be used for missing Black people aged 12 to 25.

A lot of those 18 to 25 years olds are adults who don’t want to be found by, say, D’Quantavious or his cousins, because they’ve got some questions they want to ask the Ebony Alert subject about the shooting of D’Quantavious’ little brother.

“Data shows that Black and brown, our indigenous brothers and sisters, when they go missing there’s very rarely the type of media attention, let alone AMBER alerts and police resources that we see with our white counterparts,” state Sen. Steven Bradford, also a Democrat and creator of the legislation, told NBC News earlier this year.

Blacks are now indigenous to California?

… More than 30,000 Black people in the U.S. remained missing at the end of 2022, according to the center. Although about 38% of the people who went missing in 2022 were Black, according to the Black and Missing Foundation, missing Black people are less likely than white people to have their stories highlighted in the media. Also, missing persons cases for Black people remain open longer than those for white people. Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the foundation, told CNN that a majority of the 6,000 cases of missing Black people in her database remain unsolved.

… In order for authorities in California to issue an Amber Alert, the victim must be under 17—or have a proven disability,—there must be reason to believe they’re in danger, and the alerts cannot be used for custodial disputes or runaway cases. Part of the problem is that missing Black children are usually classified as runaways and, as a result, don’t get an AMBER alert, according to the foundation.

From CBS News:

In addition to Amber Alerts, California also has Blue Alerts for suspects who attack a law enforcement office, Silver Alerts for missing seniors and people with disabilities, and Feather Alerts for missing indigenous people.

But not yet any Dot Alerts for Indian-American children who hide in the Forever 21 store because they are sick of SAT prep.

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