“WHEN THEY SEE US” – My Thoughts
Without giving too much away. When they See Us is based on the Central Park jogger case of five African American and Latino boys, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, and Korey Wise.
Ranging from the ages of 14 to 16 years old they were accused of the violent assault, rape, and sodomy of Trisha Meili, a 28-year-old white female investment banker while jogging, leaving her for dead in New York’ City’s Central Park.
This four-part mini-series is beyond amazing, it will leave you completely speechless. I cried my eyes out throughout the entire ordeal, and can only imagine how these boys felt and continue to feel like men!
Director, Ava Duvernay did an amazing job capturing the rawness and emotions in such an unjust scenario.
“What do you see when you see black boys”?
– Ava Duvernay
We are supposed to trust the system and these boys should have never been in this situation. These kids knowing their truth, forced to play the deceptive narrative in part of a corrupt system with no apologies
It was hard to watch, especially being a woman of color, but needs to be seen. I have a brother and this case is part of the hypothetical instruction manual that mothers and fathers teach their young men of color. Directions on what not to do, and say, so they don’t end up in situations like this.
This happened in 1989, and the current political ties noted in this case still plague us today.
Being a person of color in America can be traumatic. If you haven’t experienced racism, hate, sexism or culture shock then you are one of the few.
This movie is a learning tool not only for our children but also for other cultures! It’s painful to watch, but a story of this magnitude must continue to be told in order for things to change and enlighten those who “think” they have things figured out.
My prayers go out to the Central Park Five and their families. click HERE to support the Innocence Project.
Photo and Video Credits Via: Netflix, The Innocence Project, Getty Images, and Court on Crime