After a miniseries based on the commonly known “Central Park Five” case released, thousands of people are signing a petition which calls for a boycott of Linda Fairstein, the former New York City prosecutor, for her participation in the prosecution of five Latino and African American teenagers.
The petition advises book publishers and retailers to cut ties with Fairstein, who is the author of many mystery novels, one of which was released this year. It was created after When They See Us was released on Netflix, which chronicles the case where the five teenagers were falsely accused of assaulting and raping a 28 year old white woman.
The release of the series prompted conversation throughout the media about the outcome of systemic racism in the criminal justice system of the United States. The miniseries focuses on the personal stories of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, and Raymond Santana. All five of them were falsely convicted of atrociously raping a female jogger in Central Park, New York in 1989.
According to Buzzfeed News, publisher Dutton (an imprint of Penguin Random House) has already dropped Linda Fairstein. A spokesperson for Dutton confirmed that “Linda Fairstein and Dutton have decided to terminate their relationship”, with no further comments.
When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay, released on May 31 and can be streamed on Netflix.
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