The Central Park Five: Examining the Language of False Confessions and Exonerations

The Central Park Five: In 1989, the rape and beating of a white female jogger in Central Park made international headlines. Many accounts reported the incident as an example of “wilding”--episodes of poor, minority youths roaming the streets looking for trouble. Police intent on immediate justice for the victim coerced five African-American and Latino boys to plead guilty. The teenage boys were quickly convicted and imprisoned. Natalie P. Byfield, who covered the case for the New York Daily News, now revisits the story of the Central Park Five from her perspective as a black female reporter in Savage Portrayals.

In this panel discussion Byfield illuminates the race, class, and gender bias in the massive media coverage of the crime and the prosecution of the now-exonerated defendants. Her sociological analysis and first-person account persuasively argue that the racialized reportage of the case buttressed efforts to try juveniles as adults across the nation. Savage Portrayals casts new light on this famous crime and its far-reaching consequences for the wrongly accused and the justice system. 

 

Facilitator:

Dr. Natalie Byfield, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, St. John's University

In Collaboration with the Department of Sociology’s Criminology Program

Date:  Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Time: 11:10 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/culture.

This event is free, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.

Related Event: The Central Park Five (2012) Film Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, October 9,  2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Filmmaker Ken Burn's documentary about the five Black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were arrested in 1989 and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. The Central Park Five tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cost:

Free

Categories:

Location:

Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
USA


Contact:

Hofstra Cultural Center

Phone: 516-463-5669
Website: Click to Visit

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