Authorities said Thursday that the body found three weeks ago near Peru, Ill., was missing Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day of Bloomington.
Day had been missing since August 25tyh when he was last seen at that morning at ISU and at a store in Bloomington. His car was found two days later in Peru, about an hour north of Bloomington-Normal. The body was found Sept. 4 in the Illinois River floating just east of the Illinois 251 bridge, about a mile from where the car was found.
According to the NPR, “It took nearly three weeks for authorities to identify the body. The LaSalle County coroner did that Thursday, through forensic dental identification and DNA testing and comparison.
Day’s case has received extensive coverage in central Illinois and recently went national when Day’s mother protested that her son’s death was not receiving enough resources compared to another missing person that drew national attention. The FBI is now listed among the agencies investigating the matter.”
Although receiving nationwide attention we see more and more stories on Caucasian missing persons then those of colour.
According to the statistics of black and missing, “
- 543,018 PERSONS REPORTED MISSING IN 2020
- 59% WHITE (INCLUDES HISPANIC) while 37% MINORITY and 3% WERE ‘UNKNOWN’
- NEARLY 40 PERCENT OF MISSING PERSONS ARE PERSONS OF COLOR, YET, AFRICAN-AMERICANS MAKE UP ONLY 13 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION.
- THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE REPORTED MISSING EVERY YEAR IN THE U.S. AND WHILE NOT EVERY CASE WILL GET WIDESPREAD MEDIA ATTENTION, THE COVERAGE OF WHITE AND MINORITY VICTIMS IS FAR FROM PROPORTIONATE.
- IN 2020 – 202,899 PERSONS OF COLOR WERE REPORTED MISSING. OF THAT GROUP, 145,467 WERE UNDER THE AGE OF 18. YET, MISSING MINORITY CHILDREN ARE GROSSLY UNDERREPORTED IN THE NEWS.
Check out the website https://blackandmissinginc.com/statistics/ and figure out ways we can balance out media coverage with black and brown missing persons and understanding how to stay vigilant in our surroundings.