Series Review: When They See Us

Spoiler Alert: If you’re the type that wants to know nothing before watching a show or movie. You might not want to read this, because there are spoilers all up and through here.

Well hey Everyone!!!

 

As you know it’s Saturday; the day after the last day of school. My journey begins.

I know this is a little different then the things I usually write about, but I really wanted to bring this series to you all’s attention. I was watching a short series about the Central Park Five. I have to say it was very emotional to watch. It starts off just following five young boys.

Before this incident the boys did not know each other.  Maybe two out of the five did. What was so bad about it, these boys got convicted for something they had nothing to do with. The crime they were charged with was rape in the third degree. The woman they were accused of raping almost died. What made it even worse was she didn’t remember who raped her.

Many of the boys stayed in juvenile detention for almost all of their teens, and got out when they were grown men. The all had it hard, but in my opinion the one who had it the hardest was Korey and the reason I say that is because he got out after serving 12yrs of his life behind bars. Mind you for a crime he did not commit and he was only 16 at the time of conviction. Having to shower with grown men in an adult prison.

I have to say Ava DuVernay did a superb job on this. I felt everything those young boys went through. They endured things no child should have to go through. No matter what social class, financial level, race, or culture a child is a child. The one thing I wish those people who put them there would have done is imagine if it were their niece, nephew, daughter, or son before they decided to take these young boys innocents away from them.

Imagine if you had to grow up fast because someone felt your life wasn’t important enough to save. What if it came done to politics, when it was your turn to take the stand or be judged? How would you feel about serving time then?

These are questions I would loved to ask that prosecutor, female detective and all of the cops that coerced those boys to lie about their involvement as it pertained to that case. Going as far as not letting them relieve themselves, eat, or be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of integration.

Truth is I can go on and on about this, but I really want to see what you all think about this series. Please come back once you’ve watched it, and let me know what you thought about it.

Below are pictures of the boys then and now. They’re in a better place now. But what was taken can not be given back.

Warning: Know that this is going to be a tear jerker (if you’re overly emotional like me).

 If your interested in seeing the series, check it out on Netflix. 

For me it was 5 stars. I loved it and hated at the same time. Loved it because they had the chance to tell their story, and I loved the way it was told. Hated it because of all the things they went through when convicted of a crime they did not do.

 

Photos Provided By: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-myth-of-the-central-park-five, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/opinion/why-trump-doubled-down-on-the-central-park-five.html, https://www.mediavillage.com/article/when-they-see-us-a-30-year-old-horror-story-for-our-times/

 

As Always……

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