Ava DuVernay has hit us with another thought and emotion provoking project on Netflix highlighting the case of the Central Park Five. I encourage you all to research the case on your own. In a nutshell, five very young, black boys: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, were accused and convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park back in the late 80s. After spending years of their lives in juvenile detention and prison, another young man confessed. The Central Park Five were eventually awarded money, but we all know the amount will never be enough to get these young men their lives back. This is not an argument of innocence or guilt, the so called law has determined that, but these are simply some observations and thoughts I had while watching.
Black Women Have to Do Everything
Sigh…We literally have to be everything to everyone. Just typing those words make me exhausted. No one fights for our own like us. It’s both sad and admirable at the same time. It’s crazy how these young boys were picked up, taken to the police station, and interrogated for hours, without the notification of their parents. These boys were between the ages of 14 and 16. It wasn’t until one of the boys’ mother showed up at the police station demanding that they release her son because he is a minor, that they let him go home. The fact that this was never a thought before she showed up amazes me. When his mother said, “do I need to call the New York Times,” they quickly pulled back. I’m glad she had the gall to confront the troubled NYPD and prosecutors. Had she not, I can’t help but wonder how far this would have gone, though it had already gone too far.
Fathers of Color, What’s wrong with Y’all?
Before y’all come for my head, let me start by saying, not all black fathers. But the fathers in this mini series were trash. Sorry, not sorry. Granted, no one knows what he or she will do in certain situations; some people become heroes and others cower, but cower is an understatement when it comes to Antron McCray’s father getting angry with him (enough to throw a chair) and telling him to “say whatever these people want.” Seriously! Then he gets to court and explains that he believed if Antron did this then he’d be allowed to go home…Um, what world is he living in? Your BLACK son is being accused of raping a WHITE woman in the late 80s and if he lies on the others he will exonerated himself? That’s just stupid and y’all know it. I have read that this caused a rift between he and his father and their relationship was never the same or repaired and I’d say rightfully so. He literally contributed to taking his child’s life away. There’s not enough forgiveness in the world for that. And lets get on Raymond Santana’s father. He got married while Raymond was in juvenile detention. When he got out to return home, she had moved all of her family in the home and was very rude and disrespectful to him, constantly threatening to call is PO because he is a rapist. What kind of foolishness is this? Is this ok? Someone has to help me understand this. Is this normal behavior? And for his father to just sit there and look and reprimand his son for literally breathing? No sir. All in the name of ‘love?’ People will literally allow someone else to come in and change the whole family dynamic just to have somebody…y’all really trip me out with that. So the only way he could be there for his son was in private pretty much. We have to do better.
Black Police Officers, What’s Your Role?
I have to put this out there: I am not a police hater by far, but I have had a run in or two with the police myself and If I’m honest, my most negative experience came from a black officer. I wonder if this is anyone else’s experience because we don’t talk about that. How much responsibility do you put on black police officers. I mean, they do have the inside scoop. You would think many of them would try to do a better job of protecting their own from the corruption that we all know takes place in these police departments. But as previously stated, some people cower. Watching Korey Wise’s experience in prison, as a 16 year old, is particularly disheartening. He was a scared little boy in prison with all of these grown men for a crime he subsequently was found not guilty of. Do you think any of those black men or guards helped him? Nope. In fact they went out of their way to harm him. He was beat up constantly and the black guards, along with the white ones, mocked him. 16 years old. This angered me more than anything. Perhaps, I place a higher standard on black men (imagine that), but I was really disappointed by this. It was the white officer at the other prison that truly protected him and looked out for him. He was very kind and I hope this officer (if this part isn’t fictional) is getting his blessings from this.
I was always taught if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all, so I will leave that heading as is. I would really like to see a study done on white women to determine the things that go on in some of their brains. I will once again preface, with not all, but I am starting to wonder about many of them. We talk about self hate a lot in the black community, but realistically I have never seen a group of people hate themselves like white women. They will vote against their own rights, for what? I don’t know. But lets address Lucifer Fairstein, yes, that’s what I am calling her. She is very befitting of that title. I have never seen someone so happy about rape. That’s how I see it. She didn’t care about this victim, kind of like these men don’t care about these babies with these abortion bills, but that’s another story for another day. She had a personal agenda. She was all too eager to convict and coerce these little boys. And from what I read, to this day, she stands by her decision. That’s that narcissistic attitude that some of these white women have. I have seen one too many white women lie and deceive just to fulfill their own agendas or cover up their own mishandlings. It’s despicable and people fall for the crap all day. When are we going to start holding these people accountable? There is no way she should be able to walk around peacefully selling her novels or whatnot. It’s truly disgusting. I see there’s a petition going around to pull her books from shelves. Yeah, after she’s gained all this money and notoriety.
All in all, When They See Us is a good watch. It once again brings those matters that no one wants to talk about to the forefront. It brings forth emotions that are sometimes uncomfortable, but this is the reality of our lives even still today in 2019. I encourage you all to watch. I realize there are two types people in this world: those who do and say something and those who sit back and watch things happen quietly. Better pick a side quickly because as the world continues to turn, there is no way you will not be affected in some way by the craziness that is life. I also realize that there are number of people who just don’t care about the lives of little black boys. What will you do when it affect yours?
If you watched, what were your thoughts?