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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:30 PM

2 missing boys. 2 different outcomes. And questions about Amber Alerts

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2 missing boys. 2 different outcomes. And questions about Amber Alerts

At 7:28 p.m. Sunday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Endangered Child Alert with a description of a 9-year-old boy whose parents had reported him missing that day.

The boy, Jordan Gorman, was last seen in a wooded area near his home in Ashland City, roughly 20 miles from Nashville, the agency said.

Less than 24 hours later, the bureau issued a statewide Amber Alert citing "new information and growing concern" about his well-being. By Tuesday afternoon, after local, federal and state investigators had searched for him, he was found safe at a creek bed about three-quarters of a mile from his home. The boy told investigators he found a blue tarp and built a shelter, where rescuers found him.

It was an outcome that the family of 15-year-old Quawan "Bobby" Charles, had hoped for in October. Instead, Quawan was found dead in a sugar cane field, more than 20 miles from his home in Baldwin, Louisiana, days after being reported missing. Authorities are investigating his death as a homicide.

An Amber Alert was not issued for Quawan, because Baldwin police said his disappearance did not meet the criteria...

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/2-missing-boys-2-different-outcomes-questions-about-amber-alerts-n1248187
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Response to AmyStrange (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 03:45 PM

1. Jebus. Louisiana has only issue 9 alerts since 2000. Dumbfounding.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 04:41 PM

2. In this case, one boy was white, the other black...

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Guess who got the Amber Alert?
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Response to AmyStrange (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 05:17 PM

3. Got all that when I read the article. But apparently Louisiana isn't issuing alerts for anyone.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 06:33 PM

4. Why'd the white boy get one then?

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Response to AmyStrange (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 07:55 PM

6. Maybe because the white boy was in Tennessee where they issue a lot more amber alerts.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 08:19 PM

8. Maybe it's also because he was white...

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the other question is also the point you brought up. Why doesn't Louisiana issue more amber alerts?

Over a half million Adults and Children go missing every year, and what, Louisiana is immune to this problem?
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Response to AmyStrange (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 09:17 PM

10. Your article actually goes into why Louisiana has so few amber alerts. Its a good article ...

... I'd suggest you might want to reread it.

I agree that it seems a reasonable assumption that black children might not be amber alerted as much as white kids for some combination of reasons. Two of them might be:

1. Race
2. The fact that there are 6 - 7 times as many white kids as black.

The article doesn't address proving the assertion implicit in the title.

This article discusses the reasons but doesn't offer any statistics:

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/problem-with-racism-past-present


Somewhere I am sure there is a study where statistics show that reported Amber Alerts are issued in unbalanced manner. I couldn't find it, but it must exist.

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Response to AmyStrange (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 07:00 PM

5. I thought the same thing.

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Response to shrike3 (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 07:56 PM

7. See post #6. The article may deserve a re re-reading at the link?

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Response to shrike3 (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 08:29 PM

9. Who gets more publicity, a white person going missing or a black person?

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The article is mostly about the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert, but I think race is also an issue here.
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Response to AmyStrange (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 09:25 PM

11. I do, too. But the article doesn't address that.

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