This post has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can create a post or quiz. Try making your own!Community·Posted on Jan 10, 2022What I Learned Watching "Black And Missing" On HBOThis should be required watching, tbh.by Kendra KingCommunity ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink HBO / Via youtube.com The Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI) is a non-profit organization which brings awareness to missing persons of color, provides resources to missing person’s families, and educates the minority community on personal safety. HBO's "Black and Missing" documentary series follows the organization's founders, Derrica and Natalie Wilson, as they help bring light to missing persons cases which have, until now, been in the shadows.Here are some of the main takeaways from Episode 1: 1. There were more than 600,000 people reported missing in the U.S. in 2019 alone. HBO / Via youtube.com 2. Of those 600,000 people, close to 40% were people of color and the majority were black. HBO / Via youtube.com For context, African-Americans make up 13% of the population according to U.S. census data. 3. Missing person cases involving black people remain unsolved FOUR TIMES longer than cases involving white people. HBO / Via youtube.com Every minute is critical during a missing person investigation. 4. Most police departments are graded by how many homicides, robberies, and other crimes they solve. HBO / Via youtube.com Missing person cases are not a priority because they aren't considered a crime. 5. Black minors are disproportionately classified by law enforcement as "runaways." HBO / Via youtube.com Runaway cases are treated with less urgency because it's viewed as the child's own "fault" for leaving. They don't get an AMBER alert. 6. The term "runaway" is rooted in slavery, as this is what slave owners would call slaves who escaped. Smithsonian Magazine / Via smithsonianmag.com When slaves escaped, slave owners would put out ads in the newspaper offering compensation for the runaway's capture and return. 7. 1 in 6 runaway youths are likely victims of human trafficking. HBO / Via youtube.com It's more common than we think. 8. There were over 200,000 reported missing persons of color in 2020 alone. HBO / Via youtube.com According to the 2020 NCIC Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics. 9. Advocacy groups like BAMFI are crucial for keeping the search for missing persons ongoing and can even help solve cases. HBO / Via youtube.com BAMFI has reunited hundreds of missing people of color with their families. 10. You can learn more about BAMFI and make a tax-deductible donation to the non-profit on their website. HBO / Via youtube.com Help support their media campaigns, advertisements and community outreach programs. Black Lives Matter. Watch "Black and Missing" on HBO Max.