MSNBC’s Joy Reid raised some eyebrows with her comments regarding media coverage of Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old woman whose disappearance gained national attention.
“It goes without saying that no family should ever have to endure that kind of pain. And the Petito family certainly deserves answers and justice,” Reid said. “But the way this story has captivated the nation has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?”
“Well, the answer actually has a name: missing white woman syndrome. The term coined by the late and great Gwen Iffil to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, while ignoring cases involving missing people of color,” Reid added.
Reid went on to suggest that missing women of color don’t gain as much attention because they don’t resemble the relatives of newsroom executives.