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On the lack of attention given to Black bodies

Posted on January 17, 2022

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Pants found on a skeleton in the Chatham County woods in 1981.

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Pants found on a skeleton in the Chatham County woods in 1981.

My research isn't complete, but one disturbing trend is surfacing. 

When it comes to unidentified body cases in North Carolina, less attention is given to bodies belonging to Blacks.

Case in point, the Unidentified story this week features the 1981 discovery of a skeleton in Chatham County belonging to a Black man.

Read that story by clicking here.

Appearently, not much was done then, which sadly might be expected in the rural South of four decades ago.

But not much is happening today either.

The case was entered into NamUs in January 2009 with no updates since then.

It's just one of several similar situations. I am compiling statistics as I go and will have a better overall picture soon. But as it stands anecdotal evidence points to unidentified Blacks receiving less attention than whites.

It's unacceptable.

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