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spokenword73
Aug 20th, 2005, 10:28 PM
She was the five months pregnant Afro Latina who disappeared a month ago in Philadelphia. Her boyfriend has been arrested and charged with murder. The media had been criticized for always focusing on missing blonde girls and not enough on women of color who go missing. What a tragic end.
May Latoyia rest in peace.:sad:

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skanky~skanketta
Aug 20th, 2005, 10:31 PM
:sad: the poor girl!

*hingis_forever*
Aug 20th, 2005, 10:33 PM
:sad:

StarDuvallGrant
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:04 PM
It's never a coincidence that when the phrase, "the girl next door" is used it pertains to a white woman in America. It's sad there is this gap in reporting news that just happens to fall on race as the main and only factor. She was on the front of cnn.com not because they cared like they have been for Lacy or the Aruba girl, only because there has to be some shame in being taken to task for their biased reporting.

ampers&
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:05 PM
That's horrible.:sad:
I wonder why this wasn't a huge story like the Lacey Peterson case????

Infiniti2001
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:24 PM
How sad :sad: Can you believe that dumbfuck boyfriend removing the body from one location to another?:shrug: He should have know that he was the primary suspect, since LaToya was last seen with him :rolleyes: Was it really worth it? Now the other pregnant baby mama will have to raise the kid by her lonesome :mad: :eek:

Infiniti2001
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:27 PM
Nancy Grace is a PITA, but she always mentions LaToya on her show on CNN Headline News.

spokenword73
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:33 PM
Does anyone know what reason he gave for killing a pregnant, defenseless woman?
Laytoia's dad was so dignified and strong. Not sure about Latoyia's mom...Latoyia does have a seven year old child.

I heard somewhere that the number one cause of death for pregnant women are their husbands/spouses :shrug:

SJW
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:44 PM
That's horrible.:sad:
I wonder why this wasn't a huge story like the Lacey Peterson case????

thats what im thinking. today is the first time ive heard of her.
that Peterson case was covered better over here

SJW
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:45 PM
I heard somewhere that the number one cause of death for pregnant women are their husbands/spouses :shrug:

i heard that on CSI the other day lol.
thats in America right?

spokenword73
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:46 PM
How sad :sad: Can you believe that dumbfuck boyfriend removing the body from one location to another?:shrug: He should have know that he was the primary suspect, since LaToya was last seen with him :rolleyes: Was it really worth it? Now the other pregnant baby mama will have to raise the kid by her lonesome :mad: :eek:

did Laytoia's b/f have another woman? :fiery:

spokenword73
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:47 PM
i heard that on CSI the other day lol.
thats in America right?

...of course. The most trigger happy place on earth.:(

ampers&
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:49 PM
thats what im thinking. today is the first time ive heard of her.
that Peterson case was covered better over here
We had to deal with the Lacy Peterson case on local news, national news, radio, newspapers, cable news...she was everywhere ALL THE TIME.
Now, we have a very similiar case, except this time a black latina is involved and her story is basically ignored.
It just makes me wonder...

Cariaoke
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:51 PM
but racism doesn't exist, people! gah! :rolleyes:

May she rest in peace. I was praying this wasn't the outcome. Fuckin' shit of a man.

Infiniti2001
Aug 21st, 2005, 12:05 AM
By DAN ROBRISH, Associated Press Writer
3 hours ago

http://www.comcast.net/data/br/2005/08/20/br-12371.jpg
Cousins of LaToyia Figueroa, 24, from left, Tasha Julius, ...

PHILADELPHIA - Police discovered the remains of a missing pregnant woman and quickly arrested the father of her unborn child Saturday, ending an exhaustive, monthlong search.

District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said Stephen Poaches would be charged with two counts of murder and related offenses for the deaths of 24-year-old LaToyia Figueroa and her fetus.

Authorities did not provide a motive or say what led them to suspect Poaches, 25, who police said was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a pistol when he was arrested.

The remains were recovered in a grassy, partially wooded lot in Chester, 13 miles from Philadelphia. A few dozen members of the Figueroa family and supporters arrived at the scene shortly after daybreak, clustering close to the police tape and embracing each other.

"Now she can rest in peace," said the woman's father, Melvin Figueroa. "All I want is justice with that peace."

The woman's uncle, Jose Figueroa, said as terrible as the discovery of the body was, it puts an end to the weeks of fear and not knowing about LaToyia, who was five months pregnant at the time of the disappearance. "We can actually try to go back to a normal life," he said.

Relatives and friends have papered the city with flyers and held large-scale searches for any sign of Figueroa, recently marking one month since her disappearance. A reward fund for information had reached $100,000, including donations from the restaurant where she worked.

The case attracted a brief flurry of television attention after several Philadelphia-area bloggers waged a campaign urging networks to give the same attention to Fugueroa, who is black and Hispanic, as they did to Natalee Holloway, a white woman who disappeared in Aruba.
Poaches' lawyer, Michael Coard, has repeatedly spoken to journalists on behalf of his client, including national television appearances in which he noted that Poaches has spoken to investigators voluntarily and that he has consented to have his home and his vehicle searched.

Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson said Saturday that Coard's public relations moves would not hold up.

"He has an attorney who has basically tried this case in the news media and has depicted him to be innocent. We are saying today that he is not innocent and we are going to convict him and he will go to whatever he deserves to get," Johnson said.

Coard did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment after Saturday's news conference.

Figueroa, who also is the mother of a 7-year-old girl, was last seen on the afternoon of July 18 in West Philadelphia.

SJW
Aug 21st, 2005, 12:07 AM
i must say that i was in Barbados at the time but im told that the racist axe murdering of an English boy was covered really well and the nation (UK) was shocked and sickened at the same time.
so i guess covert racism is more of a factor in the media.

ampers&
Aug 21st, 2005, 12:17 AM
I forgot all about the Natalee Holloway coverage over Figueroa disappearance. :(

A pregnant Black Hispanic woman who disappeared WITHIN the United States vs. a young, white, blond women who disappeared after a night of partying.
America news media absolutely horrible...

Cariaoke
Aug 21st, 2005, 12:22 AM
well, i think American society is intrigued by "pretty", preferably blonde, white girls who go missing. White women are naturally "virtuous" and when bad things happen to them, by god somebody has to pay! Note the sarcasm.

I think "Precious Doe" got some news as I saw her funeral on CNN @ the airport. "Precious Doe" was a four year old black girl whose head was found and I remember America's Most Wanted did a reconstruction model to see if someone could identify her. Well it turns out that her mom and her stepdad murdered her. They found her body less than a mile from her house. I think she was buried on Thursday. That's one of the rare instances of black people missing that actually got national coverage.

I don't remember the black little girl's name a few years back that escaped from her kidnappers. But I kept thinking at the time, she only made the news because she survived.

spokenword73
Aug 21st, 2005, 12:35 AM
yes, and when bad things happen to women of color, the attitude is like, "well she must have done something to deserve this." Regarding Natalee Holloway, she is fish bait. Her family should accept that.

ampers&
Aug 21st, 2005, 12:40 AM
Regarding Natalee Holloway, she is fish bait. Her family should accept that.
Or she ran away from home because she couldn't handle the pressure of upholding her family's legacy. :rolleyes:

spokenword73
Aug 21st, 2005, 01:02 AM
...or she got sold into white slavery :shrug:

ampers&
Aug 21st, 2005, 01:06 AM
:lol:... :tape:

Cariaoke
Aug 21st, 2005, 01:08 AM
awww c'mon guys. we all know she's in a cult. she has to drink red koolaid AND hop on a comet.

SelesFan70
Aug 21st, 2005, 05:39 AM
Why do people and the police always seem stunned when it's the man in a woman's life that kills her..especially when they are the last to have been seen with her. :smash:

This case actually got "some" coverage on FoxNews, CNN, MSNBC, etc but nothing like Holloway or Peterson. :tape:

@m@nd@
Aug 21st, 2005, 05:52 AM
:speakles: poor girl :sad:

Erika_Angel
Aug 21st, 2005, 06:09 AM
oh please, tons of people go missing every day, and not many are big news stories.
Halloway and Peterson are 2 of the view who got huge ones. Runaway bride was another big one, the two missing children after their family was killed.
It is about the story moreso than the colour.
The 3 hispanic children who got locked in the trunk in their frontyard got reasonable coverage.
The fact is that this story has been heard before with the Lacie Peterson case.
Ton of white, blonde, attractive females go missing and the media doesnt even touch them. As do tons of black, hispanic, asian girls and men etc etc you can't expect the media to cover all of them.
Another lovely case of looking for racism and trying to find it everywhere just so you can point out how racist the world is :rolleyes:

ampers&
Aug 21st, 2005, 04:44 PM
oh please, tons of people go missing every day, and not many are big news stories.
Halloway and Peterson are 2 of the view who got huge ones. Runaway bride was another big one, the two missing children after their family was killed.
It is about the story moreso than the colour.
The 3 hispanic children who got locked in the trunk in their frontyard got reasonable coverage.
The fact is that this story has been heard before with the Lacie Peterson case.
Ton of white, blonde, attractive females go missing and the media doesnt even touch them. As do tons of black, hispanic, asian girls and men etc etc you can't expect the media to cover all of them.
Another lovely case of looking for racism and trying to find it everywhere just so you can point out how racist the world is :rolleyes:
:rolleyes:
You’re either incredibly blind or incredibly stupid.
If you don’t see the stark differences in how the media chooses to cover these types of stories, then you are in fact blind.
We are fully aware that “tons of people go missing everyday.”
We’re pointing out how the media chooses to display these disappearances.
More often than not, the disappearance of white females AND white children is televised more than the disappearances of minorities. (At least in America)
It’s not us “looking for racism.”
If you live in America, watch local, national, and cable news.
The facts speak for themselves.
But if you don't live in America and aren't able to watch how our news media operates, then maybe you should just be quiet. :wavey:

Maryamator
Aug 21st, 2005, 06:36 PM
:sad: R.I.P

RainyDays
Aug 21st, 2005, 10:11 PM
Regarding SJW's post, I heard about the racist axe-murdering of that English boy. And I'm over here, in the U.S. I don't know if it was on the news, but i was deeply angered by it.

Regarding this thread, this is the first time I've heard of this woman and her situation. And I live close to Philadelphia.

spokenword73
Aug 21st, 2005, 11:20 PM
:rolleyes:
You’re either incredibly blind or incredibly stupid.
If you don’t see the stark differences in how the media chooses to cover these types of stories, then you are in fact blind.
We are fully aware that “tons of people go missing everyday.”
We’re pointing out how the media chooses to display these disappearances.
More often than not, the disappearance of white females AND white children is televised more than the disappearances of minorities. (At least in America)
It’s not us “looking for racism.”
If you live in America, watch local, national, and cable news.
The facts speak for themselves.
But if you don't live in America and aren't able to watch how our news media operates, then maybe you should just be quiet. :wavey:


amen!

*Karen*
Aug 22nd, 2005, 12:39 AM
Most of the time in this country you wouldn't get much media coverage of any missing adult. Loads of people go missing everyday. The media can't possible publicise them all.

ampers&
Aug 22nd, 2005, 12:44 AM
Most of the time in this country you wouldn't get much media coverage of any missing adult. Loads of people go missing everyday. The media can't possible publicise them all.
:rolleyes:
Once again, someone completely misses the point.
WE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT THE NON-COVERAGE OF MISSING PERSONS!!!
WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FEW STORIES NEWS MEDIA CHOOSES TO PUBLICIZE!!!

Jesus, is it really that hard to understand???

Zippy
Aug 22nd, 2005, 12:45 AM
This is my initial post from the "Only in America" thread. And since it pertains to this topic, I figured it would go good here.

I have two questions for you all.

1) Who is Jessica Lynch?
2) Who is/was Natalee Holloway?

Yeah I know. The basic answers to those two questions are really easy. I mean only a fool or someone who has been completely oblivious to today’s news wouldn't know of these to white women.

Now I have two more questions.

3) Who is Shoshana Johnson?
4) Who is/was La'Toyia Figueroa?

Well I know most of you all here know of the latter person mentioned. Likely only cause there's a thread pertaining to her story now. I mean white America; oops I mean the American media sure didn't go out of their way to cover it. In fact she was missing for a damn month and the story didn't get any coverage that was note worthy up until they other day when they finally found her. I mean most of us were like, "they found whose body? Who was she?"

Now this what I believe the common American view of the persons in questions 1,2,3, & 4:

1) Wonderful white girl who is such an inspiration to us all.
2) Beautiful yet unfortunate young white girl who was taken advantage of (and possibly killed) be those damn Aruban hevans. It was so not her fault.

3) It really doesn't matter. She's black.
4) Who really cares anyway? She's black/Hispanic.

Now I may be wrong, but the disparity in media coverage and also one being held as a cultural icon (Ms Lynch) tends to insinuate my views to be true. Oh btw if you all didn't know of her. Ms Johnson was an Army Specialist that belonged to the same 507th Maintenance Company as Lynch. But unlike Lynch, Johnson fought to stave off their Iraqi captors. Like Lynch, she sustained serious injuries. Yeah, she was the other female POW captured with Lynch. 'What, you mean there was another one? Who would have thought it :rolleyes:' One has a book, a movie, been on news interview specials, and is loved and revered by "almost" all. The other... well at least her family and friends loves her. Yeah :o

spokenword73
Aug 22nd, 2005, 01:00 AM
Thanks for mentioning Shoshana. She is a courageous, classy woman.

The media usually like to show people of color in a negative light. Most news outlets cannot even get with the fact that miniorities are not unpatriotic, stupid criminals. What are they so afraid of?

Ever notice how in (American) commercials if there is a group of people selling something, the black person is usually in the background? Why is that?

moon
Aug 22nd, 2005, 03:59 AM
:rolleyes:
Once again, someone completely misses the point.
WE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT THE NON-COVERAGE OF MISSING PERSONS!!!
WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FEW STORIES NEWS MEDIA CHOOSES TO PUBLICIZE!!!

Jesus, is it really that hard to understand???

No, it's not hard to understand, but on this board, as in the real world, people see what they want to see...unfortunately.

Stamp Paid
Aug 22nd, 2005, 04:04 AM
As long as this world is run by white men and white men only....this is what we get. :shrug:

Stamp Paid
Aug 22nd, 2005, 04:04 AM
watch some dumbass say "but Kofi Annan is black!!"

ampers&
Aug 22nd, 2005, 04:12 PM
BUMP for a moron.
You know who you are....

Nicjac
Aug 22nd, 2005, 04:22 PM
watch some dumbass say "but Kofi Annan is black!!"

Puh ... and I almost said Condoleezza Rice is black and firmly ruling this planet ;)

Wigglytuff
Aug 22nd, 2005, 05:05 PM
:sad: R.I.P

indeed :sad: may she rest in peace

Wigglytuff
Aug 22nd, 2005, 05:09 PM
Does anyone know what reason he gave for killing a pregnant, defenseless woman?
Laytoia's dad was so dignified and strong. Not sure about Latoyia's mom...Latoyia does have a seven year old child.

I heard somewhere that the number one cause of death for pregnant women are their husbands/spouses :shrug:

yes it true. but not just pregnant women all women are more likely to be killed or beaten by husband/boyfriend/lovers than anyone else. :eek: :sad:

Cam'ron Giles
Aug 22nd, 2005, 05:10 PM
Rest in peace sweet angels...:angel:

Cam'ron Giles
Aug 22nd, 2005, 05:13 PM
What about the little black girl who got killed in the stairway of a Chicago housing project the same week Jon Benet Ramsey got killed and shew was ignored...all you saw was Jon Benet (god rest her soul) parading around a stage in her pagent outfit and make up...no mention of the little black child who died much the same way...:sad:

Wigglytuff
Aug 22nd, 2005, 05:17 PM
:rolleyes:
You’re either incredibly blind or incredibly stupid.
If you don’t see the stark differences in how the media chooses to cover these types of stories, then you are in fact blind.
We are fully aware that “tons of people go missing everyday.”
We’re pointing out how the media chooses to display these disappearances.
More often than not, the disappearance of white females AND white children is televised more than the disappearances of minorities. (At least in America)
It’s not us “looking for racism.”
If you live in America, watch local, national, and cable news.
The facts speak for themselves.
But if you don't live in America and aren't able to watch how our news media operates, then maybe you should just be quiet. :wavey:

i do think the poster you quoted is incredibly stupid, i am starting to think maybe also incredibly racist. wouldn't be the first poster on this board to be thus. :shrug:

Wigglytuff
Aug 22nd, 2005, 05:23 PM
What about the little black girl who got killed in the stairway of a Chicago housing project the same week Jon Benet Ramsey got killed and shew was ignored...all you saw was Jon Benet (god rest her soul) parading around a stage in her pagent outfit and make up...no mention of the little black child who died much the same way...:sad:

i do remember that :sad: