Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed during the Jan. 6 riot, started trending once again on Twitter after Donald Trump Jr. answered a tweet pointing out that she was a white person who was killed by a police officer.
The exchange began when former GOP consultant Matthew Sheffield stated on Twitter, “White Republicans are so totally coddled from reality that most have never heard the term ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’ even as they have devoured endless Fox coverage of victims like Gabby Petito, Laci Peterson and Natalee Holloway.”
“If you’re white, think about it in your own experience first. Can you name a single person who was reported missing that was not a white woman? I’m guessing most of you cannot. Non-white women and men of any race don’t get this saturation level of coverage on cable and elsewhere,” asserted Sheffield.
Conservative pundit Mike Cernovich then tweeted in response, “Can you name a single white person who was killed by police?”
At that point in the back and forth, Donald Trump Jr. entered the fray and commented, “Ashli Babbitt, but she didn’t get 8 funerals, a year of riots, or any media attention… so I think your point stands.” That tweet went viral.
Ashli Babbitt, but she didn’t get 8 funerals, a year of riots, or any media attention… so I think your point stands. https://t.co/3aX2DQYXCt
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 21, 2021
If you're white, think about it in your own experience first. Can you name a single person who was reported missing that was not a white woman? I'm guessing most of you cannot. Non-white women and men of any race don't get this saturation level of coverage on cable and elsewhere.
— Matthew Sheffield (@mattsheffield) September 21, 2021
Yesterday I learned about missing white person syndrome.
Can someone let me know what syndrome it is that causes us to ignore every white person that is killed by a police officer, but demands that we burn cities across the world to the ground for thugs like George Floyd?
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) September 22, 2021
Sheffield’s lengthy Twitter thread was playing off of MSNBC host Joy Reid’s callous comments over social media influencer Gabby Petito’s murder. Her body was found outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Sunday and officials are still searching for her fiance in the matter.
“It goes without saying that no family should ever have to endure that kind of pain,” Reid remarked Monday on “The ReidOut,” referring to the highly publicized case of the missing 22-year-old. Her soon-to-be husband returned from their viral cross-country excursion without her as if everything was normal. He eventually left after the police finally started investigating the matter and then found her body.
“But the way this story has captivated the nation has many wondering – why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?” Reid asked.
Reid recounted highly publicized searches for white women who were later found dead.
“Well, the answer actually has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome – the term coined by the late and great Gwen Ifill to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, while ignoring cases involving people of color,” Reid explained.
(Video Credit: MSNBC)
While “White Woman Syndrome” is grabbing leftist headlines, the killing of Ashli Babbitt has faded from view. There is no comparison to the media coverage over the murder of George Floyd which was wall-to-wall for months. And there is no call for justice in Babbitt’s name even though she was unarmed and the officer who shot and killed her was out of view.
Netizens answered Cernovich’s question:
Ashley Babbit was by a black officer.
— 🕵🏿mrmouktar🌚👌🏿 (@MouktarAlbert) September 21, 2021
— RandomGuyOnTw1tter (@PaulConfer) September 21, 2021
Shooting of Daniel Shaver. I saw the video it was so wrong. Death of Kelly Thomas still upsets me. He was homeless and died in the hospital. Many more.
— Aja Smith (@AjaforCongress) September 22, 2021
— WeThePeople (@AllAboutHelp) September 21, 2021
Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nichols
— DiamondStarMotor409 (@chadNotaBot) September 21, 2021
And the list went on from there.
Sheffield was also answered by those on social media:
We can start with the 20 black children that were reported missing in Atlanta then found dead and murdered by Wayne Williams
There was not a more publicized case than this horrific one and rightly sohttps://t.co/aibF8kDuYX
— Todd Cefaratti 🛑 (@ToddJCefaratti) September 21, 2021
That was easy and I remember it very well. pic.twitter.com/HgRTxVcVsr
— 12Noon (@12Noon27) September 21, 2021
Highly covered in North and South Carolina pic.twitter.com/CNNi6oMBpm
— NC Carpenter (@carolinacarp67) September 21, 2021
Vanessa Guillen. National coverage. Latina. So stop with your narrative. pic.twitter.com/A5EIIk5hUf
— maal4_7 (@maal4_7) September 21, 2021
Dulce Maria Alavez. Her story was all over the news pic.twitter.com/hXYuQHtxiB
— Shaq (@CryptoShaq) September 21, 2021
And one person wanted to know why those like Sheffield and the media haven’t investigated and publicized missing people of color, asking, “Is anyone stopping you (or for that matter anyone) to report on missing non-white women? Not sure I understand the outrage.”
Is anyone stopping you (or for that matter anyone) to report on missing non-white women? Not sure I understand the outrage.
— Imran Firoz (@ifiroz) September 21, 2021
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