Ava Duvernay’s 4-part limited series, “When They See Us” is now streaming on Netflix and not only is it powerful, but it’s also heartbreaking.
“When They See Us” tells the true story of the Central Park Five (Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond SantanaandKorey Wise) – five juveniles who were wrongfully arrested and convicted of raping a jogger in Central Park in 1989.
The series was excellent and very hard to watch.
Rapper Maino took to social media to react to the series that he says made him cry “real tears” and “touched his soul.”
Maino went on to share his story of being incarcerated at a young age and the impact it had on his life.
Read Maino’s full post below:
I cried watching this…real tears. This touched my soul. Hit so close to home. I remember being 15, handcuffed, hungry, sleepy, slapped around and interrogated. The smell of Spofford…the detention facility for juveniles in the Bronx. The place they put us black boys, who were troubled and lost. I can still see it. The Corridors of C-74…Rikers island. The building that housed 16-18 yr olds. Treated and talked to like animals, young black boys forced to be men before we had hair on our faces.
Trying to fight back tears when I Mother’s came to visit us because we wanted her to believe we were Strong. Going through every emotion imaginable. Months on months in solitary confinement…hoping for mail. Praying for a visit. Tears on the pillow case at night. Ignorant to the law, unable to understand the Trickery of the District Attorney…families too poor to hire a decent lawyer. Young black boys on their way to Adult prison at the age that they should’ve been finishing high school.
Tryna find hope in an environment that feels Hopeless. The days, the nights, the heat, the cold, the screams, the cries…the blood and the violence. I know this Story. I know this story all too well. This is my story as well as thousands of young black and Hispanic boys. Salute to the Lady @ava and everyone else who played a Part in painting such a vivid and true picture of the unjust system. Thank u. I have so many friends that have not been as fortunate as I.
Who have been incarcerated for 20 plus years in the penal system behind mistakes they made as Juveniles and young adolescents. Salute to them all. How much time is enough? Mistakes made as teenagers should be evaluated differently, especially when those mistakes are a response to the environment and social position they were left in. Black boys who were left in situations to become monsters, then convicted for adapting.
If I ever behaved as a Savage it’s because it’s what I was taught.What I learned to survive. We all could’ve been part Of the Central Park 5 in our own way. Thank you for this Story. And shout out to my bro @bkbmg. U did a Great job. ?????? #WhenTheySeeUs