Few folks have skilled the influence of Donald Trump’s racism first-hand the way in which Raymond Santana, one of many Exonerated Five, has. Santana was instantly attacked by Trump when he was a minor throughout what was referred to as the “Central Park 5” trial.
Simply weeks after Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Korey Smart, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson had been falsely accused of raping a white girl in April of 1989 in New York Metropolis’s Central Park, Trump took out a full web page advert in The New York Times calling for the youngsters, all minors on the time, to be put to demise. Every of them served between 5 and 12 years in jail and had been all exonerated by 2014.
Raymond Santana was solely 14 years outdated.
In a brand new interview with TMZ, he stated about Trump — who maintains their perception that they’re responsible, regardless of exonerative proof — “Donald Trump’s feedback in the direction of this case, it impacts us an incredible deal as a result of now that is the President of the US. This is not the actual property tycoon who was dishonest folks out of cash … That is now an individual who runs the federal government.”
He continued, “For us, it is like we have now to continually stroll on eggshells or we have now to continually fear in regards to the microscope that’s on us as a result of now you may have this man who says that we’re nonetheless responsible. These scars that we have now usually are not correctly healed and each time he says we’re responsible, he rouses up folks in America who really feel that we’re nonetheless responsible of this case and who would possibly need to do bodily hurt.”
Santana additionally thanked Joe Biden for mentioning their case on the final presidential debate and known as out Trump saying he’s the “least racist individual” within the room, “For him to say that he is the ‘least individual racist within the room’ after which he appears across the room and he cannot even see anyone — even tells you himself, ‘It is too darkish.’ He cannot see the group. So, he is the one individual there who’s racist.”
In 2014, all five of the lads had been exonerated and ultimately acquired a $41 million settlement from town of New York. One other man, Matias Reyes, ultimately confessed to the crime.
As current as 2018, Trump refused to apologize for calling for his or her demise, saying, “They admitted their guilt. For those who have a look at Linda Fairstein, and also you have a look at a few of the prosecutors, they suppose that town ought to by no means have settled that case. So we’ll depart it at that.”