‘When They See Us’ The True Story Of The Central Park Five reminds us of the failure of the U.S. Justice System

By Barrett Holmes Pitner Contributor

Yusef SalaamGetty Images. Yusef Salaam, during his trial

A true-crime Netflix series which focuses on a failure of the US justice system during the late 1980s has reminded a new audience that the horrors of the past still have meaning today.

Director Ava DuVernay’s miniseries When They See Us tells the story of five young African-American and Latino boys who were falsely accused and wrongly convicted of attacking and raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989.

The scope of the injustices inflicted upon these teenagers, ages 14 to 16, has left audiences terrified and outraged. 

“I didn’t know that this kind of thing still happened past the 50s and 60s,” says Jessica Randolph, who lives in Maryland.

Antron McCray and his mother Linda McCray outside court in July 1990Alamy. Antron McCray and his mother Linda McCray outside court in July 1990

Ms Randolph, 26, African-American, was born after the trial and had previously heard about the Central Park Five case, but she did not know the explicit details. For her, watching When They See Us felt like re-living a real-life horror story that tragically has always been a part of every-day black existence in America.

“It was a re-introduction to how America treats black and brown people.… the American system of destroying black and brown bodies,” she says.

Source: BBC NEWS

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