Thami Kwazi
Lifestyle Print Editor
3 minute read
15 Nov 2019
1:40 pm

‘When They See Us’ explores the struggles of African-Americans in the land of the free

Thami Kwazi

The black person’s struggle in America will never end if police see the need to prosecute teenagers in cases where there are no corroborating statements.

When They See Us. Picture: Netflix

Watching the Emmy award-winning Netflix mini-series, When They See Us, evokes a plethora of emotions – the deepest felt being anger and pain. The much-talked about 1989 true story is the tale about five African- and Hispanic-American teenage boys who are falsely accused and convicted of raping a woman who was jogging. The Harlem-raised teens were sentenced to jail terms ranging between six and 13 years. The boys, known as the “Central Park Five”, are Kevin Richardson, 14; Raymond Santana, 14; Antron McCray, 15; Yusef Salaam, 15; and Korey Wise, 16. The series was directed and co-written by Ava DuVernay,...