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 straight attacked by Trump when he was a minor throughout what was often known as the “Central Park 5” trial.
Simply weeks after Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Korey Sensible, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson have 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 kids, all minors on the time, to be put to demise. Every of them served between 5 and 12 years in jail and have been all exonerated by 2014.
Raymond Santana was solely 14 years previous.
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 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 now have to always stroll on eggshells or we now have to always fear concerning the microscope that’s on us as a result of now you have got this man who says that we’re nonetheless responsible. These scars that we now have 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 may 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 to be like 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 have been exonerated and ultimately acquired a $41 million settlement from the town of New York. One other man, Matias Reyes, ultimately confessed to the crime.
As latest as 2018, Trump refused to apologize for calling for his or her demise, saying, “They admitted their guilt. Should you take a look at Linda Fairstein, and also you take a look at a few of the prosecutors, they assume that the town ought to by no means have settled that case. So we’ll go away it at that.”