In the article “Central Park Five” (History 2019), I learned about the five young black and Hispanic boys all under the age of 16 that were accused of assaulting, raping, and attempted murder of a 28-year-old female jogger. This case was very significant to the world because it caused many racial tensions within the city. These young boys maintained their innocence throughout their trials and while they were in prison for six to 13 years serving their sentences. These young boys were being discriminated against because of the color of their skin and race. They were interrogated by the white police officers without a lawyer or a parent present. During the ongoing investigation, there was no evidence that linked these five young boys to the crime, but they were convicted anyway. 

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Although this case was many years ago I am still extremely shocked by the way these five young men were wrongfully convicted of such a crime. In my opinion, I believe that these investigators committed acts of racism toward these young men, and took their entire childhood away. Although these young men were given $41 million dollars in the settlement I believe this is no way of repaying all of the time, pain, and suffering these men endured throughout their time in prison. 

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December 13, 2022 3:14 am

Dear Kimberly,
I am intrigued by your post, on the “The Central Park Five to the government trying to make a peace offering with money over the wrongfully convicted young men. I believe the government will cover anything if it’s to keep them looking as if they are the picture-perfect government. What they did to these young men was despicable, taking their youth away just because they had a darker completion. As you stated they had no connection to the murder of the jogger, therefore why were they even suspected, to begin with?

One sentence that stood out to me is “During the ongoing investigation, there was no evidence that linked these five young boys to the crime, but they were convicted anyway.” This sentence stood out because even if they were innocent since the start they were still viewed as criminals due to their complections. These occurrences aren’t a once-in-a-while or a one-time thing, it’s something that is happening and has been happening for a really long time.

To answer your question, I believe this case should be an example of how corrupt the law is and how racists those who are supposed to enforce are.

Viridiana
December 10, 2022 8:23 pm

Dear Kimberly,

I very interested in your post, regarding the “The Central Park Five” Ive never heard about this case till now with your post. I think it was unfair how this case was decided, the 5 African American men were treated unfairly due to the color of their skin and discriminated against when they had nothing to do with raping the white women jogger. You stated that there was no evidence linked to them. During the investigation to they were interviewed by white officers without them having a parent and lawyer present. In this case, I would agree with you’re opinion too, giving them money wasn’t going to solve the problem and mistake they did to them.

December 7, 2022 8:05 am

Dear Kimberly,

I am sad about your post because of “The Central Park Five” because I feel like these people were wrongfully convicted and were sentenced for no reason. I feel like they were only chosen for their skin tone and were just being discriminated against the police. This shows how corrupt the justice system was years ago.

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “These young boys were being discriminated against because of the color of their skin and race.” I think this is shocking because this happened to a lot of people who are not white because of the corrupt justice system back then. police discrimination was very common as well with police brutality.

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