Few folks have skilled the affect of Donald Trump’s racism first-hand the way in which Raymond Santana, one of many Exonerated Five, has. Santana was immediately attacked by Trump when he was a minor throughout what was generally known 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 lady 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 dying. Every of them served between 5 and 12 years in jail and had been all exonerated by 2014.
Raymond Santana was solely 14 years previous.
In a brand new interview with TMZ, he mentioned about Trump — who maintains their perception that they’re responsible, regardless of exonerative proof — “Donald Trump’s feedback in direction of this case, it impacts us a fantastic deal as a result of now that is the President of america. 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’ve got to always stroll on eggshells or we’ve got to always fear concerning 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’ve got should 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 may wish to do bodily hurt.”
Santana additionally thanked Joe Biden for mentioning their case on the final presidential debate and referred to 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 seems across the room and he cannot even see anyone — even tells you himself, ‘It is too darkish.’ He cannot see the gang. So, he is the one individual there who’s racist.”
In 2014, all five of the boys had been exonerated and finally acquired a $41 million settlement from the town of New York. One other man, Matias Reyes, finally confessed to the crime.
As latest as 2018, Trump refused to apologize for calling for his or her dying, saying, “They admitted their guilt. Should you have a look at Linda Fairstein, and also you have a look at a number of the prosecutors, they assume that the town ought to by no means have settled that case. So we’ll depart it at that.”