No, I Do Not Feel Bad for Believing Carlee Russell

Whitney Alese
ZORA
Published in
5 min readJul 20, 2023

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When Carlee Russell disappeared, my heart sank, the same way it does for the numerous Black women, upwards of ninety thousand Black women and girls who are missing. Black women and girls make up over 30 percent of missing women and girls while only representing 15 percent of the total U.S. population that identifies as female. That is staggering.

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Whitney Alese
ZORA
Writer for

Whitney Alese is an award winning writer & creator featured in WIRED Magazine, I-D Magazine, NBC, & Chalkboard Magazine.