J.K. Rowling Updates Site About Missing Madeleine

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Jun 27, 2007

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As many readers know a young four year old child named Madeleine McCann from the UK went missing from her family while on holiday. The case has sparked world wide interest, including much support from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Jo has now updated the links section of her website with some helpful background information, ways to reach authorities and additional links to help in the search for the young girl. You can read more about this, here.

Thanks Bel!





75 Responses to J.K. Rowling Updates Site About Missing Madeleine

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Didnt Jo donate money to help find the girl. I hope they do find her soon….safe and well. Good for Jo for supporting the cause

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why are we hearing only about this little girl? it’s only because she’s white and is cute. shouldn’t all missing children be getting this much media attention?

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I am so glad Jo is doing everything in her power to help… we want to see Madeleine safe!

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Yes, because there is only one missing girl in the world.

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As a mom of three, this story hits a spot that is so tender and vulnerable. I can honestly say that I don’t think I would survive if I were in these parents’ shoes. My heart goes out to their whole family, and I pray every night that little Madeline is safe. I’m terribly worried that she is afraid, and I feel so helpless…

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while i find this situation terrible, and like all of us i wish that Madeleine is found, i can’t help but wonder what all the other families who have had their kids kidnapped as well feel when the effort and money spend on helping finding those was so little by comparison to this case.

Wouldn’t all this contributions be better directed to some non-profit organization that helps this cases in general?

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Of course there are thousands, if not millions of missing children in the world. And it is tragic that not all missing children receive this much media coverage. But, it’s not like all this media coverage has returned this one little girl to her undoubtedly shattered parents, either. Any parents of missing children, regardless of race or nationality, deserve our prayers. It’s not this little girl’s fault that the world is not perfectly fair or equal.

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I agree with Ricardo.

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I think the best way to look at this is “one at a time.” Of course everyone would love to help and donate money to some non-profit, but by helping this one little girl in such a public way educates communities on how to respond to such a case, and gives them the tools they need to help. I think it is fantasic JKR is making htis case so public and I think it will spark an awareness in many similar cases.

PS: Ginger – The little girl being white and cute has nothing to do with the publicity, and to think so is ignorant. I agree with Athena’s statement. We should concentrate on the fact that a little girl is missing and her friends and familiy are horrified, rather than concentrate on her race or looks.

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I agree with Ricardo and ginger crisp; when a mudslide hit Guatemala and killed 1400 Maya Indians in 2005, we heard nothing. But when one white British girl goes missing, the world is shocked. Remember that her parents were actually out partying in a pub and left the girl alone in their hotel, sleeping.

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I definitely agree with ginger crisp and Ricardo.

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This is so incredibly sad… and yet it is so wrong that thousands of parents are dealing with the unthinkable pain of having a missing child and yet only one child is getting so much attention.

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My God, some of you are unbelievable…

It´s like you cannot do a single good deed in this world without getting clobbered or defamed. And it´s not the first time, either, for Jo. First there was that whole “caged bed” debacle, and now, by helping this “white and cute” girl, she is now labeled as RACIST! Jesus…

I guess this is what happens when you have that much power and influence… You give a hand and people are ready to rip off your arm.

Maybe Jo should just let things be.

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I don’t think people are necessarily critizing Jo. After all, this is probably the only missing child’s case she is knowledgable about, which is to be expected. But the reason for that lies with the media, which is, I hope, where the critisism in this thread is directed. I don’t think anybody is denying the fact that Jo’s heart is in the right place.

I just wish the media would also post the pictures of children sold into sex slavery and things like that instead of just bombaring us all with Paris Hilton and the occasionally pretty, white daughter of rich parents.

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Don’t get me wrong though, i totally agree on people making contributions to help this specific case,though i must say, my hopes for a happy ending aren’t high after all the time since it happened, because like Crys said:

“by helping this one little girl in such a public way educates communities on how to respond to such a case, and gives them the tools they need to help”

But , like i said, i cant help thinking how “unfair” this must seem to parents who faced a similar situation, where not even half was spent in the investigation alone.

The fact remains, that the attention to this case provided by the media and all the Celebrities is good, cause it increases parents awareness to this kind of dangers .

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Crys- The girl being white and cute has everything to do with the large amount of publicity she’s getting. Name a single missing child who’s gotten as much publicity as Madeleine who isn’t white and cute.

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Bravo to JKR for helping to find this child.

My heart goes out to all parents who have lost children, be it through kidnapping, adoption or death at the hands of man or nature.

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okay she’s not the only girl missing right now in this whole wide world. the police is doing everything they can to find litle Madeleine (not Maddie as the uk media say), JK is doing well to promote the case outside Portugal because here her face is on tv every 5 minutes. at least it won’t be like Joana, a litle girl who was missing from algarve a couple years ago that was butchered by her own mother and uncle and the body was never found. both are already serving time in jail

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Oh yeah, definitely. I agree with both of you on that account (the media).

But wasn´t Jo´s “generous” donation the reason why the media started giving this case so much attention in the first place?

(I may be wrong since I´m not from England, just asking)

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Just a couple of things:

1) The “two of you” was refering to Amy and Ricardo´s posts;

2) After reading Zulmira´s post, if what you said is true (“here her face is on tv every 5 minutes”), I have to say, it is indeed unfair to other parents in the same situation.

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All I was saying is that people shouldn’t zero in on race. The bottom line is, this is an innocent child and she is missing. I don’t know how other countries/states handle missing children cases, but where I am from, it goes all over the tv, radio, and posted at local businesses. And I am sticking by what I said, and what Ricardo is agreeing with. This one case helps everyone become more aware of other cases. Just read what Luiz said. I agree with that too. How about everyone hopes or prays or does whatever they do for this little girl AS WELL AS others out there that are missing – race and cuteness set aside.

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And just a clarification – Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I am in no way trying to make anyone out to be “wrong” or anything. So I hope nobody feels that way!!!

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I got say that I am happy that Jo is willing and did donate something to help. And for all we know, Jo maybe donating to an organization to help find missing children. We have no idea of that. But in this case, Madeleine is a high profiled case. Don’t forget other people have donated to help Madeleine, not just Jo.

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why are we hearing only about this little girl? it’s only because she’s white and is cute. shouldn’t all missing children be getting this much media attention?

Posted by ginger crisp on June 27, 2007 @ 01:54 PM

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Get over yourself saying CRAP like that! There children reported missing everyday from all walks of life! Get your HEAD OUT OF YOUR A$$!!!

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Jo’s heart is absolutely in the right place. What she is doing is certainly commendable.

However, it Just irks people that, if the media does a huge thing over a missing child, it won’t be someone different. And its especially upsetting to the parents of other missing children. They are just as deserving as the same support. But they probably won’t get it. And, if you’re a non-white parent whose child go missing, it’s all but impossible you will get this support.

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Well, I’m from Spain; this girl went missing about 5 hrs from where I live. There is another Spanish cute little boy with (more or less) the same age who is missing since one month earlier than her. And Madeleine is getting much much more media atenttion even here than him because she is getting all that money…not quite fair. Anyway, I wish with all my heart that they find her soon, poor little girl :(

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Amy S – how do you know that this ‘pretty white rich girl’ hasn’t ended up in that situation?

I think the insinuations of racism here are frankly disgusting.

Ricardo, you might like to know that there is a UK national organisation- Missing People.org (formerly the National Missing Persons Helpline) that actively looks for missing people. It is indirectly benefiting from this case. Sainsbury’s supermarkets for example have put its charity boxes in their stores ONLY since Madeleine’s disappearance.

the vast majority of missing cases (from what I gather from the Missing People website anyway) are runaways or people with mental health problems. These are very different situations to Madeleine’s and need a different kind of help, which Missing People.org seeks to give.

Madeleine was snatched. She isn’t a runaway. That’s more of a police matter. Other cases of children snatched or missing in suspicious circumstances (in the UK anyway) DO make national news, usually until the children are found. In these cases the police make a big deal about publicising them very quickly because it is one of their most effective ways of succeeding.

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oh…and her parents didn’t do it very well; the even left two little twins alone with Madeleine. If that happened to people with less money, the social assistan would have done something…money is a great advantage even in these horrible cases

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Idiots! All of you lot! Why does every damn thing in this world have to come back to race? I am white….but Im Irish….what does this mean to me? Nothing but a hill of beans! Skin color should not make the story! This story makes the news because of the content! I hate when folks instantly pull the race card! its sickening!

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Thank you, Anne. It seems to me that education and awareness is key. Yeah? Yeah!

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Well..I´ve been told that “If you can´t say anything nice…don´t say anything at all”

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The sad, but undisputable reality is that no matter how many non-profits receive your money donations and for that matter, no matter how much JKR donates, somewhere in the world there are kids going missing every day, and most of them WILL stay missing. That is not to say, you shouldn’t donate, or do anything you can to help, just that unfortunately in this case money is not a magic potion that can bring the kids home. All the money and all this attention hadn’t brought poor little Madeline home, had it? As much as my heart goes out to ALL the parents who’s kids are missing, the chance of finding them is slim to none, media or no media. All you can do sometimes is prey for a miracle.

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I completely agree with you, Nina :(

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I wouldn’t be so pessimistic, but you do have a point, Nina.

We must hope for the best. For ALL of the parents. I know I do.

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Good for Jo. I pray they find this little girl and bring her home safely.

On a note about media reports and such. I will speak from a person with a social justice background in the United States. In the United States, after a child is missing, an AMBER alert is issued on radio stations, local tv stations and what not to notify the public of the missing child. This happens for any child (regardless of their background). However, Dateline (a tv show in the US) did a story a couple years ago after the famous Elizabeth Smart kidnapping that lasted nearly 9 months on media constantly reporting on white children that often come from affluent backgrounds. Elizabeth Smart and Jon Benet being two examples of missing/kidnapped/murdered cases involving children. To say such things isn’t wrong and doesn’t imply that Jo is a racist or anyone who cares about this little girl is. But I commend the people above me who did mention this discrepancy in media reporting.

So, once again, I commend Jo for her work and dedication to helping a little girl she has never even met and I hope this may encourage people to think about this case and the many other cases around involving missing children and modern day slavery (i.e. human trafficking).

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“why are we hearing only about this little girl? it’s only because she’s white and is cute. shouldn’t all missing children be getting this much media attention?”

My thoughts exactly.

It is of course horrible that Madeleine McCann is missing, but there are so many that are also missing… why the heck aren’t their cases receiving international media attention and millions of dollars in gifts?

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Have any of you thought about WHY we are hearing so much about Madeline?

It is becuase her parents have employed public relations people to MAKE SURE WE DON’T FORGET and to keep her in the news.

Not just about Madeline but about all the other missing children. As someone above said, donations to missing persons charities have increased incredibly since madeline was taken. Those donations are helping to find other missing children and their families.

It only makes me admire people like Jo (she was not the only famous person to donate to this and wasn’t the first either) more when they help out with the individual cases as well as helping out on a wider scale.

Jo will have public relations staff aswell in some form and she would have been warned about the negative comments that would come from her involvement. To me that makes Jo an even better human being for still taking a stand despite all the people that seem to want to knock her down.

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But dammit! Im white and I dont appreciate anyone from this board saying right away its just because this girl is white! Are all other races that deprived?>?>? that you automatically have to accuse because she is white? WHAT has the “white man,woman, person” ever done to you? Im sick of that! I struggle day to day to make ends meet….and hey Im white, I have nothing handed to me! I have to scrape together any kind of money I can to feed my family? Do you have to do the same thing? are you of color?...well then let me shake your hand….we are in the same boat!

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I’m with Margie on this one. It is very unfair that Madeline McCanns story had been picked out amongst the many children who disappear and whether it’s a race issue or not, the main thing here is a little girl has gone missing and her family want her back. Who cares if she is white, black or green? We know this girl has gone missing and we all hope her family find her.

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Phew! Glad we finally agreed that:

  • The “white and cute” comment was extremely unfortunate;
  • Madeleine’s parents are persistent, have good PR and lots of money and THAT´S why we hear about this particular case all the time, not just because she´s “white and cute”;
  • Jo is helping this girl because she cares, not because of publicity, or because the girl is “white and cute”
  • The media should not forget about the other missing children, “white and cute” or not.

As you can see, all this mess was caused by ginger crisp´s silly comment

Lesson of the day: Think before you write!

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Stella I agree!!! People play that card a little too often. I too am a struggling Mum with 3 boys. Though, I whole heartily agree that you dont see children from the inner cities being front page news as often as we should. We should blame the media not the public.(People often forget theres a whole country in between California and New York with lives and problems too!) Thats why I love Nancy Grace, she cares, you can tell and she has been talking about the little 2 year old boy whose pregnant Mum was just murdered. Heart breaking and appauling! I have two sons with autism and freak out daily about their well being and their saftey because they dont understand fear, they would cross a road without even looking or jump in a lake without knowing how to swim. It’s petrifying and my heart bleeds for those parents who go through this horrific lose as the McCanns are. Honestly, if that happend to me I think I’d rather die then live with the pain. Morbid yes, but honest. When you all become Mums and Dads you’ll understand that mentality. Remember color does not matter when it comes to children, their innocent in all of this. It’s our petty differences that keep us from concentrating on the real issues.

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Just to endorse Luiz’s comment that showed up as I was typing my own.

As to the fairness issue, here are the facts: 1. Madeline IS a cute little white girl with rich parents who are employing every resource at their disposal to find her. And who can blame them? 2. There ARE other, less fortunate children who don’t get as much attention as Madeline. My opinion – it is not because they are not as cute and/or white as Madeline, it is because their families don’t have as many resources at their disposal. 3. Madeline’s case IS bringing more attention to all missing children’s cases, not just her own. Therefore, any and all donations made on behalf of Madeline will ultimately benefit other missing children. 4. The fact that Madeline is cute and white was most likely the reason she got kidnapped in the first place. And it is certainly NOT making it any easier to find her, money or not. 5. If people are offended by the fact that the world is not fair, they need a reality check. Wake up! And deal with it! Instead of whining and bickering, try to do something about that!

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But you see, I don’t think ginger’s comment was silly at all. Not one person has accused anyone of being racist. People have defended themselves and Jo as not being “racist.”

I think a lot of people want for this little girl to be found and returned to her parents. No one wants her to stay lost forever because she happens to be white. But rather, they don’t want the millions of other children to be found too. Wanting one thing does not necessarily exclude the other.

And for some who talk about “being in the same boat” and that race/color shouldn’t matter, if you have the time, please read this excerpt on the concept of inherent privilege: http://www.case.edu/president/aaction/UnpackingTheKnapsack.pdf

*please note that privilege comes in all forms (i.e. religion, sexual orientation, class, etc.) This is just the tip of the iceberg. And I did not post this to spark defense, negativity, or guilt. Merely reflection.

peace:)

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onmassive: ginger´s comment was not only silly but morally repulsive, because she brought a race (and beauty) issue in a context where it was completely uncalled for. It would be more accurate if s/he said: “just because she is rich” – despite it not being ideal either.

And yes, I admit that my comment about racism was a bit over the top. It was impulsive because I was apalled by what I just read, and for that I apologize. In fact, maybe ginger should do the same.

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“Madeleine’s parents are persistent, have good PR and lots of money and THAT´S why we hear about this particular case all the time, not just because she´s “white and cute””

I think the reason we heard about this case more than other cases is the press. Nowadays the press and media like to choose certain news and make a deal about them, just to sell papers and have a bigger audience. They don’t have a reason at all, it just happens, they choose something, they want to create a controversy about it and don’t stop talking about it until they find another story to tall about.

I just wish the best to this family and all those other families that are searching their loved ones.

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So Jo is supposed to be like America’s Most Wanted, it’s her job to find every little missing child out there. It isn’t, and this isn’t her responsibility. I don’t think she’s doing this for publicity, she really cares for this girl and wants her to get back home.

She can’t do this for everyone out there, you guys act like it’s that easy. And who says she will never do this again?

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onmassave – Thank you so much for posting that. I was debating whether to even approach the topic of privilege here. For anyone who’s going to give reading it a shot, I feel I should say this: it’s a very daunting and heavy concept to accept if it’s something you’ve never had to think about it before. But I encourage you to, in fact, think about. If it makes you feel defensive or angry, please think about why that is.

That having been said, the state of the world doesn’t and shouldn’t detract from the fact that it is very sad that these people have lost their daughter, and that this little girl has been abducted. I don’t think anyone who’s commented meant to say that they wished her or her family ill because of her social status, which is not a thing she can control. Certainly everyone wants her returned safely. And while it’s unfortunate that other families aren’t at liberty to do the same, I don’t think anyone is faulting her parents for doing all they can to keep the case in the public eye.

As for Jo and why she’s become involved, well, does anyone else think that this case might have hit especially close to home for her? She’s a mother to two girls, and Madeline is from the UK, where Jo is from, and was abducted in Portugal, where Jo used to live.

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Did someone honestly say they liked Nancy Grace without being facetious or sarcastic? Nancy Grace is a vile, contemptible woman.

As for race: it may or may not be an issue here, but (and I don’t mean to be offensive) when white people say “race isn’t an issue” or “people play the race card too much”, it sends off a huge red flag for me as a person of color who has dealth with actual racism. Racism is still a huge problem and I do believe that it is an underlying issue in which kidnapping cases are reported.

Do I think it’s as blatant as them saying nasty things about minorities before they pick the cute, white girl? No. It’s probably something much more in the subconscious. Racism is never very blatant these days, because it’s unacceptable. It takes other, nastier forms that are more difficult to recognize.

Either way, I do hope the little girl is found alive and well, though that seems far too optimistic. The media coverage is ridiculous, as is the parents’ jet-setting around Europe. Did anyone ever stop to think that maybe the parents actually did it themselves? They’re usually the first suspect in these cases.

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You know what the main driving factor behind racism today is?

People who constantly scream “racism!” and “discrimination!” at every turn. I don’t know of very many people who still retain elements of racism, but the ones I do know of aren’t people who are racist because of the skin color-they’re racist because they feel like no matter how hard they try, they get called racist anyway-so they finally gave up and said “I’ll give you what you want!”

That’s not right either, but it’s the truth.

Also, racism isn’t just one sided. When I was twelve, I was walking down the street in my grandmother’s neighborhood and a group of five guys who were 10-15 were walking on the opposite side. They had a little kid with them that looked like he was about four. The oldest looking one told the little boy “See, this is what you need to do to white boys who walk on our sidewalk”, and they all proceeded to jump on and beat me. And who do you think they learned that hatred from? Their parents.

So, it goes both ways. But I really think that if everyone would shut up with the constant accusations of racism and discrimination that true instances of racism would immediately decline.

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Okay-I couldn’t finish reading the comments because I was getting ill at the sentiments I was reading. Yes, there is media bias-always has been-HOWEVER-does that in some way negate an act of kindness?!

Those of you who are offended that JKRowling is helping this family should be ashamed of yourselves You do NOT know that she hasn’t contributed to other agencies that help all missing children-I’m guessing she has. She is very generous with her donations-only the other donations don’t get the press!!

And to cast stones at the parents is rubbing salt in the wounds-do you all live in glass houses?

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I don’t know of very many people who still retain elements of racism, but the ones I do know of aren’t people who are racist because of the skin color-they’re racist because they feel like no matter how hard they try, they get called racist anyway-so they finally gave up and said “I’ll give you what you want!”

It’s called systemic oppression and it affects white people as well as other races. Racism as well as sexism, classism, homophobia, etc. are very much alive and in full blast today. Except it isn’t as easy to spot. Not recognizing something for what it is doesn’t make it go away. And that is the last I say about this because I need to go away.

Finally, no one (that I have read so far) insulted Jo for donating her money to the child. Merely the media coverage and attention this particular case received and the factors that may contribute towards it. And if you don’t think racism is still a problem (among the others listed), why is it that a civil conversation cannot be had on this topic and immediately the topic causes defense and accusation?

good night folks. i spoke my peace and i thank you for listening.

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seriously how can anyone go missing on that tiny island? Theres nowhere to go or hide!

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I would like for all of you to completely donate your lives to finding every missing child in the entire world.

Does it seem impossible? Well, that’s because it is! I agree with everyone who is defending Jo. Everyone is being so ridiculous about this. And the whole race thing, don’t even get me started.

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Wow. I am totally shocked by some of the people on here. It’s not like Jo can help every single missing child in the entire world. Madeline is a four year old girl who has been kidnapped and taken away from her family and everything that she knows. She is probably terrified right now and Jo decided to help this poor little girl. It has nothing to do with her race or looks. I think that we should be happy that this little girl is getting so much publicity and has a chance of being returned safely instead of getting mad because Jo couldn’t help all of the other millions of children. If anyone cares so much about all of the other children then they should do something about it instead of blaming Jo for not, when she is doing the best that she can. I admire Jo for doing this and I think that we all should.

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I think our ill feelings would be better directed on the sickos who abduct children instead of the coverage that certain children get.

Every single abduction is a tragedy; just because certain missing children get more coverage than others does not lessen the heartache the parents feel every day.

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All I know is, all those people who want to claim that Jo is only using this as a publicity stunt clearly have no children. I have a 2-year-old, and if I had the opportunity to have someone like her rally in support, I would jump on it.

Good deeds is good deeds.

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1. Hope and pray little Maddy AND EVERY OTHER MISSING CHILD is returned safely to their families.

2. The McCanns DID leave their 3 little children alone in a a hotel room while they went out to dinner. They have NOT been held accountable for that by anyone (except God).

3. Had that been a working class couple you can bet your backside the media would have ripped into them for it.

4. In the UK it’s actually illegal to leave children under a certain age alone. People have been arrested and questioned for it in the past.

5. I don’t think Maddy is getting extra publcity because she’s ‘white and cute’. I think it’s because her parents have whipped up the media to keep the story in the news. This is a GOOD thing for their cause.

6. I DO wish Jo, with her worldwide influence, would give as much publicity to the cause of ALL MISSING CHILDREN and not just this one, though.

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Just to clarify, an international campaign endorsed (or even fronted) by JKR to encourage people to look out for missing children would be a fantastic idea.

@ ‘Dave’ – Maddy went missing in Portugal, and Portugal is NOT an island. And the UK is NOT a ‘tiny island’, it’s a group of islands with aprroxiamately 60 million people – very easy to go missing.

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1. What’s the point in blaming Maddie’s parents? They are going through six kinds of hell because of their mistake. Does it help Maddie or any other missing child? Does it make the kidnapper less evil? Who are we to judge. And to accuse them when someone was seen taking Maddie, well… just hope that nothing like this ever happens to you.

2. Why don’t we focus on helping kids like Maddie? What about forming a real JK’s Army, dedicated to finding victims of stranger abduction? Maybe some of these kids could be found if HP fans all over the world were looking for them and contributing to organizations that fight child trafficking. The fansites could shift part of their focus to this cause, especially since they’ll have less to report once Deathly Hallows is released. No one has to devote their lives if we all keep an eye out and do what little we can. And could their be a better way to show devotion for JK? After all, aren’t the people who traffic in children the same kind of evil as Lord Voldemort?

Mudswallow

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I wish bigotry would go away.

I’m going to curl up in a corner until it disappears. Call me when that happens :(

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It’s not so much ‘blaming’ Maddy’s parents as showing that they are responsible, as ALL parents are, for their children’s safety, and they let it slip that night, there’s no getting arounfd that fact. By not acknowledging it, it’s like you excuse it. Everyone nowadays has to be wary of when and where they leave their children.

But I don’t think anyone here doesn’t still feel for the McCanns, and hope that their child is returned safely to them.

Also not everyone is going to jump on the mass-hysteria-over-one-missing-child bandwagon either. They want a worldwide program to be set to highlight the plight of ALL missing children, so that we are all encouraged to look out for them.

“Why don’t we focus on helping kids like Maddie? What about forming a real JK’s Army, dedicated to finding victims of stranger abduction?”

I’m all for that idea.

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I’m not even going to bother reading the comments here because of some of the horrible things people have said in the past.

All I want to say is every little helps. And you can tell Jo didn’t write that herself.

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For heaven’s sake! Leave race out of this! Many are abducted each year, but it makes all the difference in the world if just one is returned to his or her parents, no matter what skin color, nationality, or religion they are.

It is really good that this is getting publicity. The more publicity it gets, I think, the more people would be looking for this girl. I remember a few years ago in my state a teenage girl was taken from her bedroom by a psychopath, and her little sister was the one to report it. Her parents called everyone, and it became state news within a day. And it was national news soon after. We in her state heard about the updates at least once a week, and finally five or six months later she was found not too far from where I am writing this. By that time many had assumed her dead, but because everybody was still looking for her, she was found and is now safe with her parents. The more publicity this gets, the more people will look for her.

And it is wonderful that JK Rowling is putting so much effort into this search. Because she and her books have so many fans, the moment she contributed to this, it’s getting publicity, probably more than the story I have just mentioned did. I really hope that they find this girl.

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it can never be a bad thing to raise public awareness about missing/exploited children, even if we have to take baby steps and concentrate on “one child at a time,” as someone above said. i understand people having backgrounds in which they have experienced discrimination, and yes, i do agree that in general, media attention is often directed at the misfortunes of the affluent. and yes, it’s because the parents can afford to pay folks to keep this headline news—-but i don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. sometimes this is the only way that certain things make it into the public consciousness. it’s the same thing as celebrities who care deeply about certain causes using their status to draw attention to these issues, and it often works. and i believe they know what they are doing in these cases and understand how they can best help.

i think jo is operating from both places here—-genuine concern for this child, and an understanding that her status will obviously help bring attention to this issue in general. the more donations pour in for this child, the more public safety organizations will have the resources and funding to focus on the problem as a whole.

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I agree with Luiz. However, I would like to add that Maddie’s case has such a coverage not just because she’s a cute-white-rich-british-parentswithcontacts girl, but because they were on holidays in another country. They need to be seen doing something, anything, all they can, in order to avoid a diplomatic conflict.

Of course I want Maddie and all missing children to be found safe and sound, and it’s a really nice thing of Jo to help because coming from her, you know it’s not just for publicity, but there are still some things in this case that just don’t fit:

- What kind of parents leave their toddler kids completely alone in a hotel for 2 hours while they go out for dinner? The mere thought of it freaks me out, and I don’t even have children. - Why didn’t the kidnappers take the twins too? They’re also cute and white. - Why are the parents touring all over Europe instead of checking the North African coast? The kidnappers, if there were any, could have easily jumped to Morocco. Instead they look like an artist on promotional tour.Not to mention that the excesive publicity could lead the kidnappers, if any, to take “desperate measures” God Forbid to avoid pursue. - Why aren’t the parents being investigated? as some other people said, they’re usually the first suspects, and taking the previous points into consideration…

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I can’t help but notice that no one has, as of now, named a SINGLE missing child who has gotten so much media attention as Madeleine who wasn’t white and cute/ pretty.

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I don’t know why some of the things I wrote appear striked-thru. I didn’t do it.

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“4. The fact that Madeline is cute and white was most likely the reason she got kidnapped in the first place. And it is certainly NOT making it any easier to find her, money or not.”

Posted by Nina on June 27, 2007 @ 06:20 PM

Did everybody miss this comment? It is so true, I can’t even tell you. Just like I can’t tell you what it’s like growing up as a “cute little white girl.” I can’t tell you how many times I had to deal with perverted old men who leered at me on the bus. Who took my hand in the crowd and pressed it down their trousers. Who exposed them selves to me in a shady corner of a park playground. I can’t tell you how many times I was terrified. Terrified of being kidnapped, raped, touched, molested, fill in the word if you wish. Parents can protect you and keep you safe only so much. Eventually you are out there at school, in the park, on the playground.

You can rant and rave about racism all you want, it doesn’t have much to do with this particular case. In this case, as in many others, I would take the fate of a black man any day over having to grow up as a “cute little white girl.” Thrust me, it’s no picnic.

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Once again, whether Madeleine or any other kidnapped child is white and cute is thoroughly beside the point. Racism should not be brought into this. And by the way, cynicism against whites is racism as much cynicism against blacks. Every person who has accused Jo of being racist is being racist themselves. You can tear me apart now if you like, but that is the way I view this whole argument.

For crying out loud, whether she is white and cute or not, Madeleine was abducted, and it is good that JKR is helping the efforts to find her. It is an act of generosity and charity, a good Christian act, and yet some of you have the audacity to bring race into this?

This is a worthless, disgusting argument. I am appalled. Does screaming about racism help the cause at all? I want this girl to be returned to her parents as much as JKR, and I would put some money into it if I had enough. I am upset by every abduction I hear about, no matter what race. Madeleine may be white, but can she help that? And is it a sin to be white. I very much doubt that JKR even had Madeleine’s race in mind when she contributed so much money for her return. Nor did she do this for publicity. Anyone who has thoroughly looked at JK Rowling’s web site knows that she’s not writing the Harry Potter books or giving money to help abducted children, the Multiple Sclerosis society, or what ever the heck it is just for publicity. And how can anyone read the Harry Potter books and not know that JK Rowling is not racist at all?

This is ridiculous. We should be thankful that somebody with as much money and means as JK Rowling does is doing all she can to help this girl. Racism is beside the point. Everyone here who has raged about the girl who is ‘white and cute’ getting all the help should be ashamed of themselves.

Again, I will state that it makes a world of difference if a single child is returned to his or her family, no matter what race or nationality they are.

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I really can see the validity of the point that Madeleine McCann is getting so much more attention than other missing children in the world. But that is NOT because she’s a ‘cute little white girl’. It’s because her parents are rich, and they can afford to pay for all the media awareness surrounding this case. Can you blame them for that? They made a terrible mistake, leaving their daughter alone (by the way, they were not ‘partying in a pub’ as someone said), and there’s no point blaming them now, because it’s done, and Madeleine is gone.

Yes, Madeleine is gone. And everybody should be helping to find her. It doesn’t matter AT ALL whether you approve or not of the amount of media attention she’s getting, that’s not this little four-year-old’s fault and it should not be taken into consideration as you attempt to look for her.

I’m reading people talking about the ‘thousands, if not millions of other missing children’, and I wonder if ANY of them have actually done anything to help those they speak of. If they have, then OK, but somehow I’m doubting they’ve done anything to help. Have YOU put up posters with their picture? Have YOU offered to pay for their story in the headlines? Have YOU tried to raise publicity at all? Because these other chlidren will only get publicity if someone gives it to them, so don’t sit there moaning about Madeleine, if you really care get out there and do it!

Lost_in_the_city, I totally agree with you. I’m fourteen right now and, although my mother is from the Philippines, I guess my English Dad’s genes were dominant and I guess I am now having to grow up as the ‘cute little white girl’. Nina’s comment on how this was probably why she was abducted in the first place is so true. Someone saw her pretty face and thought of this as the way to make their mark. It’s sick but it’s true, and people complaining about her colour, for goodness sake, is not going to make it any less sick or true.

Finally, Diana, I can name a black child who got even more media attention that little Madeleine. I’m fourteen and English. I’m watching a report on this kid right now and he was murdered over ten years ago.

The name Damilola Taylor mean anything to you?

Thought so. Know anyone who complained about him being black?

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Note to parents: Never leave your children alone. Otherwise, you’re just gambling that everything will turn out fine. Sure is a tough way to learn a lesson. Read “Protecting the Gift” by Gavin De Becker. By the way, CNN just posted that two people were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the disappearance.

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I think TLC should take a “page” out of JK’s book.. place a picture and link of Madeleine on this website. With all the traffic coming here from all over during the next few weeks, it could really help keep her in the public eye!!!

Remember… LOOK… Madeleine has a dark oval shaped mark in her right eye.

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The arrests were for trying to get reward money from the parents, but authorities do not think they have information or a connection to the dissapearance.

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I really feel sorry for this little girl and her family, but she’s not the only missing person/kid in the whole world! What is so special about her? But as I said, I hope they find her!

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Another celebrated black child who was abducted: Emmett Till. Anyone who doesn’t know this boy’s story should Google it; his murder was central to the Civil Rights movement in the U.S.

Emmett Till’s case was very different from Madeleine McCann’s case, but interestingly both children were abducted because of their color and race.

JK’s Army – dedicated to finding victims of stranger child abduction. Anyone from TLC reading the comments? How about it?

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