Friday, November 30, 2007
Have you seen her?
Jackson State University student missing
On Nov. 13, Latasha Norman, a 20-year-old honors student at historically Black Jackson State University in Mississippi, walked out of her afternoon marketing class. Nobody has seen her since, and the police want your help in locating her.
When she was last seen, she was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, according to ABC News.
While police say they’ve received numerous tips, the fact that Norman is Black is keeping it off the front pages of America’s newspapers, they say.
Jackson Police Chief Malcolm McMillin told the Associated Press that Norman's disappearance should get ``the same kind of concern'' as that of Stacy Peterson, 23, a white woman from suburban Chicago who has been missing for three weeks.
``As far as the interest by the national media in the story, I think race probably had an impact,'' said McMillin, who is white. ``It's a small college in the South. It's the daughter of simple people who maybe are not important outside of their circle, and maybe we don't attach the same importance to them that we do for other people.''
Despite the lack of coverage, Norman’s family remains vigilant. “We’re not going to stop until we know something,” her father, Danny Bolden told the network. “We’re going to be relentless.”
Stanley Cole, Norman’s 23-year-old boyfriend, was charged with assault last week for allegedly hitting her during an argument, but he has not been named as a suspect in her disappearance.
In addition to Jackson Police, the Jackson State University Department of Public Safety and the Hinds County Sheriff Department are all working on the case, according to ABC News.
(From various sources)