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The Central Park Five

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 starring Antron McCray and Kevin Richardson; directed by Ken Burns and Sarah Burns.

This new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice. [film link

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The Central Park Five (2012)

Directed by Ken/Sarah Burns & David McMahon


Great documentaries never fail to highlight an important issue, and usually get me to change a small aspect of my life for the better. This doc was a reminder of how racist, violent, and overall ignorant most of us are. I already am conscious of prejudice around me and the little bit within myself, so I actively fight against it. But the thing I take away most from this real life account is how easily influenced kids can be, especially when they’re scared. Even these tough kids who grew up in rough neighborhoods were putty in the hands of corrupt police officers. If you watch the news today you’re still able to see this abuse of power happening everywhere. The power position is a dangerous position to be in the cross-hairs of considering the fact that “power corrupts”.

The civil rights movement took place in the 60s and things improved, but only slightly because of course racism hasn’t gone away. It’s a beast that with time is getting smaller and weaker. Those of us that know better are just waiting on others to catch up to the fact that all people are  born equal regardless of skin color or other divisive factors.

Rating: 9/10