Similar to unemployment and lack of job opportunities in the Motor City, a default answer would be race. Perhaps if the bloody, lifeless body of little Kade’jah were that of hipster and young suburbanite Sarah killed in her downtown loft, news stations would have been more interested.
Unfortunately, the reality remains that perhaps the death of the pre-teen wasn’t news-y enough. It wasn’t out of the norm. In a city that had 27 slayings in the first 30 days of the New Year, perhaps the death of the young girl was too ordinary of the “regular” news.
It’s disheartening to know that even child killings have become a commonplace, but the desensitization doesn’t stop with Kade’jah Davis. According to FBI figures, nearly 40 percent of all missing persons are people of color and critics say that the most media attention is reserved for white women.