Patricia J. Williams wrote a very nice article about this story. It tells of how we as a nation reacted to a crime back in 1989 that was made into a PBS special on April 16. It was called The Central Park Five, which is a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon. This documentary, was recently shown on PBS and I watched it last night. After watching this, I thought about my own 14 year old son Jonathan and the movie 12 years a Slave and the contrast of today versus then… This film should be the Oscar winner. It was real, it happened and the truth is still being told now. Five young Black and Hispanic males were put on trial after being accused of raping and beating a then unknown white female as she was jogging in Central Park. Why was it OK for the City to leave their story and the law suit against the City unresolved? Justice Denied!
These young men; Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Korey Wise and Kevin Richardson had a day in court once the actual person was discovered and confessed as well. Not only was his DNA was present on the scene of the crime and in the victim’s body, convicted murderer Matias Reyes actually gave details no one knew and he also confessed, as they matched the evidence from the rape and other unsolved cases in Central Park.
In 1989 The New York Daily News reported this as a vicious crime...
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I was standing by the gym waiting for my daughter at her High School. While waiting I saw the bus line fill up with a number of young people and they began to jump off the bus through the back door. immediately, I thought about how things had changed.
When I went to school we could never jump off the back of the bus. We were taught to wait… We were taught to respect each other’s time… Most people may have seen a bunch of young people just getting off the bus for school but for me I saw adults who will not want to wait in any line, adults who may walk over others to get their way and so much more. Leadership is developed. Yes, some people have natural leadership abilities but it must be cultivated.
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