CENTRAL PARK FIVE – In April of 1989, five teenagers from Harlem were accused of raping a jogger in New York City’s Central Park. The city and the nation were shocked by what became known as The Central Park Jogger Rape Case. At the time it was not certain if the jogger would live. Her name was withheld from the public, and instead Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, and Kharey Wise (all aged 14 to 16), became the boogeymen of NYC, their names and images plastered everywhere. Four of the five confessed to the crime, but later it was discovered the confessions had been coerced by the police, and none of the stories given by the teens actually matched up with each other or with what had happened. Thirteen years later, serial rapist Matias Reyes confessed to the crime, which DNA evidence confirmed. The jogger, eventually went public, wrote a book and became a motivational speaker. Meanwhile, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, and Kharey Wise all spent a significant time of their lives in prison for a crime none of them committed. This case recalls countless other cases of wrongfully accused African-Americans, especially that of the Scottsboro Boys, nine black teenagers accused of gang raping two white women in 1931, resulting in an epic miscarriage of justice that spanned four decades.



One Response to “LESSONS IN BLACK HISTORY – Central Park Five”

  1. Noah Bako Says:

    this is just soooo wrong, what kind of a justice system does something like this?

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