Behar Blasts' Racist' Petito Coverage: When People of Color Go Missing it's Ignored
'When a black child is missing, no one pays attention'
"The View" co-host Joy Behar claimed the media's coverage of Gabby Petito was in part "racist," insisting that it is hardly reported when people of color go missing.
"People are also calling the obsession over Petito's case another example of Missing White Woman Syndrome," Behar said.
"When people of color go missing, it's barely covered by the media and mostly ignored by the public."
"When a black child is missing, no one pays attention to it, but a little blonde girl or boy, and everybody pays attention."
"It's not right. It needs to be corrected. I don't know who to blame besides the media, frankly."
"What I think happens is now this cute little 22-year-old blonde girl goes missing, and immediately people are interested in that."
"I don't know why exactly. I think part of it is racist, part of it."
Co-host Sunny Hostin said:
"There is no question this comes down to race. There's no question if it were white migrants, they wouldn't be rounded up on horses."
"If they were coming from Norway, it wouldn't happen."
"The equality of perception will lead to equality of treatment. When you see yourself in some someone else, then you have true empathy."
"There are forces of evil that demonize the other. The lack of empathy is a terrible thing for people to have."
"The evil powers that be, do this to the underdog, and it's sort of filtered down."
Hostin declared, "A lot of it is white supremacy."
Earlier this week, MSNBC host Joy Reid also claimed the public only cares about the disappearance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito because they are suffering from "missing white woman syndrome."
"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.