NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 27: (L-R) Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam and Kevin Richardson, three of the five men wrongfully convicted of raping a woman in Central Park in 1989, speak at a press conference on city halls’ steps after it was announced that the men, known as the ‘Central Park Five,’ had settled with New York City for approximately $40 million dollars. All five men spent time in jail, until their convictions were overturned in 2002 after being proven innocent. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
It’s been 25 years since the Central Park Five were wrongfully arrested and jailed for the rape of a white female jogger in New York’s bucolic Central Park. After recently winning a $41 million settlement from the city, the five African American and Latino men (Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam) still feel as if justice has not been served. The five are now seeking an additional $52 million in damages from New York state in the Court of Claims. “When you have a person who has been exonerated of a crime, the city provides no services to transition him back to society. The only thing left is something like this — so you can receive some type of money so you can survive,” said Raymond Santana, one of the five men who were arrested. “At the end of the day there was an injustice that occurred, and we want to right these wrongs — and that’s at all levels, federal or state.” The men are allowed to sue in federal court for civil rights violations, and state court for emotional and economic damages that came in result of their incarceration. The first hearing is slated to take place on Wednesday. Read more.
New Study Suggests Whites Overestimate the share of Crimes Committed by Blacks
With the murders of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and countless other unarmed African Americans, stereotyping and race has been at the forefront of a national conversation. According to a new study, whites overestimate the amount of crimes that African Americans commit. The study, which was conducted by Justin Pickett, an assistant professor at the University at Albany, compiled stats based off of surveys that were conducted between 2005 and 2010. Based on the numbers in the study, Pickett suggests that whites overrate how much blacks are involved in street crimes and believe that blacks are more likely to commit more crimes that whites. Read more.
Robin Roberts Named One of Glamour’s Women of the Year
As the year comes to an end, Glamour magazine recognizes women who have been significantly influential over the past year. This year one of the women to be honored in their “Women of the Year” issue was broadcast journalist Robin Roberts. The magazine dubs Roberts as “The Survivor,” shining a light on how she persevered through her battle myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Instead of keeping her health issues behind closed doors, she used her platform to inspire others who were battling with the same ailment to push through. “Make your mess your message,” she told the magazine. Other women made Glamour’s “Women of the Year” list includes Lupita Nyong’o, Laverne Cox, Mindy Kaling. Read more.