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    She's still missing....

    Commentary: Tamika Huston Still Missing, and Her Family Still Awaiting Public Outcry
    Date: Monday, January 24, 2005
    By: David Person, BlackAmericaWeb.com

    Tamika Huston’s image, a photo in the November/December issue of the NAACP magazine The Crisis, kept peeking out at me from the pile of papers on my desk. Her face is classically black and beautiful: smooth and unlined with bright eyes, a radiant smile and a cafe-latte tone that white women in tanning salons across the nation would die for.

    In fact, I kept the page with her photo and story on it long after I’d finished the rest of the magazine. I couldn’t forget the chilling details: This beautiful 24-year-old aspiring singer has been missing since she was last seen on June 2 at a friend’s house. Because she lived alone and has family and friends throughout the Southeast part of the nation, her family members didn’t think much about it at first.

    But after none of them had her from for two weeks, they reported her to the police as a missing person.

    Now, nearly eight months later, she still hasn’t been found.

    “It’s been by far the most difficult experience I’ve ever gone through,” said Rebkah Howard, her aunt and a public relations executive in Miami.

    I can’t even imagine the strength it must take for Tamika Huston’s family to wait day after day to learn what has happened to her. It must have been even more difficult after watching and reading as other missing women – Laci Peterson and Lori Hacking, for example – seem to have had the whole world looking for them.


    Howard said as much in a posting she made to a message board late last summer on a web site dedicated to missing persons, www.findcarrie.conforums.com. She has been using her professional expertise to get her niece’s case as much media coverage as possible, but has found it a very frustrating experience.

    “While the local print and broadcast outlets have been very helpful, I have largely been ignored by national press,” Howard wrote in her posting. “To date, only BET Nightly News has found Tamika's story worthy of coverage. Yet, in less than 12 hours after her disappearance, Lori Hacking had been featured on all the cable news networks, national nightly news broadcasts and newspapers, including USA Today.”

    In August, BlackAmericaWeb.com had a story about Huston. Additionally, her story has since been discussed on the Tom Joyner Morning Show as well as other national radio shows and broadcasts.

    “America’s Most Wanted” has posted information about Huston on its web site and plans to report her case on its television show soon. And according to what Howard has told me, law enforcement officials in the Spartanburg area have been keeping them informed of every development in the case.

    Still, all these months later, Howard is still understandably unhappy with the national media.

    “There just seems to be a profile that the media looks for,” she said. “Young, attractive white women.”

    Last month Huston’s 25th birthday came and went on Dec. 11. Her family still had no news about her whereabouts.

    Today, over a month later, they’re still waiting. “On pins and needles,” Howard told me over the weekend.

    Perhaps it won’t be long before Tamika Huston’s family can begin to find some peace. I’m hoping this will be the week they learn what has happened to her.

    Meanwhile, I’ve got to wonder why it took so long to get her name in the national missing persons’ discussion. I don’t want to believe that what drew me to her story – her young, classically beautiful blackness – is the same thing that made her invisible to other media.

    Like everyone else, I followed the Peterson and Hacking cases. I ached and even whispered prayers for them and their families. I didn’t feel any less for them because they were white. Their race never entered my mind.

    Huston’s race did, though. I can’t ignore how much we black people have suffered at the hands of white society and, sadly, at our own hands. Black-on-black crime has picked up where Jim Crow left off.

    And shamefully, some black men don’t hesitate to raise their hands to their wives, girlfriends and lovers. Some would rather kill a sister than watch her leave their relationship to live her own life.

    I don’t know what happened to Tamika Huston. But I do know that her case needed the same media scrutiny that the Peterson and Hacking cases got. She and her family are as deserving of support and justice as their families are.

    There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to Huston’s whereabouts. For more information, please visit www.tamikahuston.com.
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    Silent racism.

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    That reminds me of the "home run king" debacle. Mark Maguire received a high-end sports car and Sammy Sosa received a not-so-great car (I can't remember the models). A clear cut example of racism. Or, perhaps not. It turns out that the cars in question were not given to them by the MLB. They were payed for by the fellow players.

    I notice that no where in the article does it say what, if any, effort was put out by here community to get the word out. In both the Peterson and Hacking case, the local communities made a large enough outcry that the national news outlets picked it up. Though the Peterson case was more unusual in that the missing women was pregnant. But let's now mention that.

    I'm not saying that Tamika is not worth finding. Like every other missing woman (or man) she should be. But feel free to find racism wherever you can...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFINEST
    “While the local print and broadcast outlets have been very helpful, I have largely been ignored by national press,” Howard wrote in her posting. “To date, only BET Nightly News has found Tamika's story worthy of coverage. Yet, in less than 12 hours after her disappearance, Lori Hacking had been featured on all the cable news networks, national nightly news broadcasts and newspapers, including USA Today.”
    This was obviously bc they had her kidnapping on video. They had the man on video loitering, then pushing her into the vehicle.

    Bad comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfs3
    Though the Peterson case was more unusual in that the missing women was pregnant. But let's now mention that.
    Excellent point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfs3
    That reminds me of the "home run king" debacle. Mark Maguire received a high-end sports car and Sammy Sosa received a not-so-great car (I can't remember the models). A clear cut example of racism. ...

    Here in New York City most of the private cab drivers are of Dominican descent, When Sosa and McGuire where in the HR race the Dominicans would openly root for Sosa by painting there rear windshield with Sosa's name on it.
    Big mistake, most of the cops gave them a real hard time about it. I would witness this crap all the time since I work with and hang with cops.

    Well....what are ya gonna do.

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    Even if it was racism, then it works both ways. When was the last time a white man being attacked in black neighborhood made the news? ... Media is a business and they go with whatever sells advertising. Not saying it's right and not saying it's racist - just saying that's the way it is..

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    I wonder how many young white girls go missing and no-one gives a shit? Actually I dont have to wonder...........I know!

    HaHa...sure Min-o-Lee. Im sure all those "cops" went on a racist stampede over Mcgwire,Sosa, and cab drivers O shit some of the things you read here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee
    Here in New York City most of the private cab drivers are of Dominican descent, When Sosa and McGuire where in the HR race the Dominicans would openly root for Sosa by painting there rear windshield with Sosa's name on it.
    Big mistake, most of the cops gave them a real hard time about it. I would witness this crap all the time since I work with and hang with cops.

    Well....what are ya gonna do.
    What am I going to do? I'll find it hard to believe that all the cops in NY cared enough to victimize drivers because of decals in their windows. If any cops did give them a hard time it probably had more to do with laws regarding obstructions in their windows than who hit more home runs.

    So, of the 39,110 police officers, "most of the cops", which would mean at least 19556 officers, took the time to harass someone over supporting Sosa?

    All righty then...

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    I was on the news and I did witness the crap. I never said the whole force nor half. But when you have more than 10 it's enough. Believe what you will I really don't care, I fuck around here alot but this time I am not making this crap up.

    Oh Rich....the Rambo of IM, why I believe your bullshit stories believe mine............

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee
    I never said the whole force nor half. But when you have more than 10 it's enough.
    you did say

    "Big mistake, most of the cops gave them a real hard time about it."

    Most = more than half.

    Its getting technical, but its the support he is using. Sorry.

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    OK, so I made a mistake. Sheeesh....I didn't proofread what I wrote.
    The last post I was paying more attention to the Arnold movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee
    OK, so I made a mistake. Sheeesh....I didn't proofread what I wrote.
    The last post I was paying more attention to the Arnold movie.
    Im not bashin ya, i couldnt care less. Just tellin ya where he was gettin his info. Thats all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by du510
    Im not bashin ya, i couldnt care less. Just tellin ya where he was gettin his info. Thats all.
    No no, I didn't take it like that.
    I have to pay more attention, all this multitasking is catching up to me.
    I think your cool no matter what they say about you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee
    No no, I didn't take it like that.
    I have to pay more attention, all this multitasking is catching up to me.
    I think your cool no matter what they say about you.



    HEY wait a sec....

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