Some People Are Not Emotionally Ready To Watch ‘When They See Us’ And That’s Okay

Source: Participant Media / Color Of Change, Vera Institute of Justice,  Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College, and The  Opportunity Agenda,

Source: Participant Media / Color Of Change, Vera Institute of Justice, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College, and The Opportunity Agenda,

Last night, my husband and I sat down to watch Ava DuVernay’s highly anticipated Netflix series, “When They See Us”. It was the first time I truly had the chance to unwind all weekend. Having grown up in New York and been raised by parents who never shied away from the discussion of racial injustice, I was familiar with the Central Park 5. Nothing prepared me, however, for seeing this story come to life. What struck me the most during those opening scenes was the innocence in the eyes of those boys. They reminded me of my students in Harlem and that broke my heart. I always knew that the Exonerated 5 were teens at the time when they were falsely accused, but for the first time, it truly dawned on me that they were children . . .

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