On Tuesday, December 28, 16 year old Phylicia Barnes was last seen wearing a navy pea coat with a hood, blue jeans, a turquoise shirt and white slippers around the Reisterstown Square Apartments in the 6500 block of Eberle Drive in Pikesville, MD where she was staying while visiting her sister Deena Barnes.
Today is January 3rd, and almost a week later, the Baltimore police are JUST NOW suspecting foul play and/or homicide. There have been candle light vigils held in both Baltimore and in her home town in North Carolina. Phylicia Barnes has no history of running away or criminal activity. She is a honor student at a prestigious private school in Monroe, NC.
I can’t count the number of times when nationwide alerts were broadcast by CNN, FOX, & MSNBC because of a missing child, but it just so happens those missing children weren’t black. Why is there a such a disparity when it comes to young black girls? Has there been even one national news outlet to interview the Barnes family?
Why is it now, a week later, that authorities have decided to label this “foul play” and just now seeking national assistance? These are questions that’ll probably never get answered from authorities, because as you know, even though we’re supposedly living in a post racial society, distinct color lines still exist.
I hope for the sake of the Barnes family that Phylicia is found without any type of physical harm. I’m hoping it’s just a case of a teenager upset with her parents and have ran away to a friend’s house. I hope that eventually the life of a black child garners the same attention as that of a white child. Anyone with information on Phylicia Barnes’ whereabouts are asked to call the Baltimore City Police Department.