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June 7, 2019

Ep 18.- (Bonus) When They See Us Is A Must-Watch, But It Will Break You

Ep 18.- (Bonus) When They See Us Is A Must-Watch, But It Will Break You

On this bonus episode of Kickin’ & Streamin’ Podcast, Jocelyn & Graham discuss the gut-wrenching, absolutely heartbreaking Netflix mini-series “When They See Us,” created, and directed by the phenomenal director Ava Duvernay (Selma). This series tells the story of five teenagers: Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusuf Salaam, and Raymond Santana, four blacks and one Latino who were falsely accused of raping a 28 year-old white Central Park jogger in April of 1989.  Jocelyn and Graham make a full disclaimer by telling how neither of them were able to watch the series in its completion due to the inevitable sensation of anger, impotence, and frustration one experiences while watching the series.  Jocelyn exhorts young listeners to make sure to watch the series or at least read about the real-life case; which went on to be dubbed “The Central Park 5.” Graham tells Jocelyn how he only learned about The Central Park 5 case during the 2016 election cycle as result of Donald Trump’s candidacy and eventual ascent to the presidency of the United States. The Central Park 5 was a frequent reference during said election cycle because at its height, Donald Trump took a full-page ad in several New York City newspapers demanding the death penalty for the five teenagers. Graham also explains how very little was known about The Central Park 5 case in the Caribbean at the time it occurred because people are taught to idealize the United States as a place where such grave miscarriage of justice doesn’t occur, not in modern times at least; therefore it was more painfully disappointing for Graham to learn The Central Park 5 case was very recent history. The conversation continues and Graham talked about the guilty feelings he experienced after the killing of Trayvon Martin, and Tamir Rice,