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  • Myles Shin

Today I Watched... When They See Us


Earlier this week, I learned about how the Central Park 5 were falsely accused of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park on April 19, 1989. I only heard about this because of the publicity surrounding the new Netflix short series on it, When They See Us. Now with school done, I watched the entire four hour long series. It was the best four hours of my life.

This series really gave me a look into the perspective of how poorly some of the black youth are treated in the United States and how disgustingly unethical the legal system can be. From researching the Central Park 5 case, I already knew all of the facts and information about the case. However, Ava DuVernay's magic behind the camera really brought the story to life. The vivid beatings the five kids suffered was really hard wrenching and, frankly, it hurt me to watch it. To see kids suffer like this is absolutely unacceptable when they are not even "guilty" of their crimes yet (when they were being interrogated before they were falsely convicted as felons).

This series was very inspiring for me to watch and really made me feel something in my heart. It makes me want to do something to help people around me. And to think that some people like Donald Trump and Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor of the case, still think that these five men were guilty is absolutely outrageous. To be this ignorant to all of the evidence that was presented that showed they were innocent shows their lack intelligence. To Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Kharey Wise, my condolences go out to you men. I hope you stay strong and continue to live your lives to their fullest. Some things in life just aren't fair, but eventually everything will work itself out.