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Linda Fairstein Resigned from Vassar’s Board of Trustees for Involvement in Central Park Five’s Conviction

Linda Fairstein, former prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, formally resigned from Vassar College’s Board of Trustees this week because of a widely circulated petition calling for her removal due to her involvement with the case of the Central Park Five, a heavily racialized 1989 court case that resulted in the wrongful conviction of five teenage boys of color for the assault and rape of a white female jogger. A junior at Vassar, Mari Robles, created the petition following the release of the Netflix series “When They See Us,” a four-part series that details the cruelties that the five teenage boys of color faced in their wrongful conviction. In 2002, all of the Central Park Five were exonerated when Matias Reyes confessed that he had been the one to commit the crimes. Prior to Linda Fairstein’s resignation, the online petition gathered more than 13,000 signatures. Robles states her inspiration for creating the petition and notes, “I have been taught to fight against injustice by my amazing professors and classmates.” This online petition is just one of many examples of college students challenging the policies of their college administrations and demanding accountability for the actions of their fellow students. There […]

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