“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.” — Malcolm X
WHERE THE WILDINGS ARE
No one had ever heard of it before 1989. Then, in the summer of that year, it seemed the entire nation knew what wilding was.
The frightened citizens of this holy land learned that wilding was a brand spanking new terror campaign being waged by organized gangs of black youths wherein they’d run through parks, city streets, and, conceivably, your very living room, raping and pillaging and otherwise having a night of it.
We found out about this new threat to our very existence as a nation and a race because some poor woman had been found raped, unconscious, and left for dead in New York City’s Central Park on April 19th. She was white and an investment banker, [EDs Note: Line deleted. It was a throwaway line meant to make a point and be joke-y at the same time. It was, in retrospect, too offensive.]
Some brown boys were rounded weeks later. It was learned they’d been roaming around the park causing the usual hoodlum mayhem, perhaps even as the woman was being brutalized.
Naturally, NYC cops’ and prosecutors’ mouths watered.
The story of the woman’s assault sickened the nation. Her skull, for pete’s sake, had been caved in by a rock.
The cops, traditionalists at heart, relied on investigatory techniques tried and true from decades past: They tortured confessions out of five of the brown boys.
Americans might have heaved a collective sigh of relief save for the nagging terror that similar groups of young brown boys would soon be “wilding” from coast to coast.
Hell, Hollywood even got in on the act, spitting out cheap films with the word in their titles, starring the likes of Joey Travolta and Erik Estrada.
No Oscars Were Harmed In The Making Of These Pictures
Donald Trump muscled into the hysteria by calling for the death penalty to be reinstated in New York, specifically so the boys could be executed.
It took a few years but the truth eventually seeped out: “wilding” was bullshit.
While the brown boys were being run through the gauntlet, one of them blurted out the word. It was his inartful way of describing what he and his gang were doing in Central Park that night. The cops, the media, and the public bought the concept as if it were a subprime mortgage.
The fear of a coming wave of wilding spread rapidly.
I bring this all up because TV historian Ken Burns has recently completed a documentary about the case, called “The Central Park Five.” In it, he delves into the convictions of the boys, who were found guilty and served lengthy prison sentences.
Some 13 years after the incident a serial rapist and murderer confessed to the crime. His confession was confirmed by DNA analysis, which also exculpated the boys (now men). Their convictions have been vacated.
Some of the five are suing the city in federal court for the wrongful convictions. Now the city’s legal department is demanding Burns turn over evidence to them for use in the defense against the suits.
This after they refused to cooperate with him when he was delving into the case. In fact, he claims they tried to prevent him from getting much of the evidence he presents in the doc. Now that he’s got it, though, they want it.
Apparently, in the arena of the courts, the City of New York is out “wilding.”
This time, it’s real.
The Color Of Guilt
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Friday, October 5th, 2012
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ART ◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center, outside WFHB Studios — Public participation in creating a ten-foot sculpture called “The Angel,” Rain or shine; 9am-5pm
FESTIVAL ◗ Town of Bloomfield, various locations — 2012 Bloomfield Apple Festival, music, contests, parade, games, food, etc.; 9am-10pm, through Sunday
STUDIO TOUR ◗ Brown County, various locations — The Backroads of Brown County Studio Tour, free, self-guided tour of 16 local artists’ & craftspersons’ studios; 10am-5pm, through October
ART & ARCHAEOLOGY ◗ IU Center for the Study of Global Change, Seminar Room — The Wal-Mart Syndrome in Neolithic Northwestern China? — A Study of Majiayao Painted Pottery; Noon
MUSIC ◗ IU Willkie Quadrangle — Friday Noon Concert Series: Daniel Duarte & Rodrigo Almedia, guitars; Noon
FILM ◗ IU Cinema — “Dust Up“; 3pm
SPORTS ◗ IU Field Hockey Facilities — Hoosier women’s field hockey vs. Iowa; 3:30pm
RETREAT ◗ TC Steele State Historic Site — Autumnal Women’s Retreat: Sisters in Sync, Creative projects, yoga, journaling, hiking, crafts, massage, etc.; 5:00pm, through the weekend
ART ◗ Downtown Bloomington, various locations — October Gallery Walk, 5-8pm, participating galleries & opening receptions:
- The Venue Fine Art & Gifts — “Dark & Ethereal,” by Lydia Burris
- Pictura Gallery — “Cuba Libre: Photographs,” by Tyagan Miller, David Moore, Gerardo Gonzalez
- WonderLab — Science of Art: Woodturning, demonstration presented by Dan Dutra
- By Hand Gallery — Microcosmic drawings & monoprints by Martha Kaplan
- Gallery 406
- Royale Hair Parlor
- Blueline Creative Co-op & Gallery
- El Norteno Gallery — Autumn Fantasies, by Yelena Yahontova
- Ivy Tech Waldron Center — October exhibits, see ONGOING, below
ART ◗ IU SoFA, Room 015 — Exhibition opening lecture: Art & Virtue, presented by Professor Emeritus Michael Metzger; 5:30pm
MIXER ◗ The Player’s Pub — Atheists Happy Hour; 5:30pm
POETRY ◗ Fountain Square Mall — Fountain Square Poetry Series: Readings by Richard Durisen, Jonathan Holland, Lisa Kwong, Anya Peterson Royce, Music by Bloomington Peace Choir; 5:30pm
SPORTS ◗ Frank Southern Ice Arena — IU hockey vs. Youngstown State; 6:30pm
FILM ◗ IU Fine Arts Theater — Ryder Film Series: “Stars in Shorts“; 6:45pm
HALLOWE’EN ◗ Haunted Hayride & Stables, 8308 S. Rockport Rd.; 7pm
HALLOWE’EN ◗ Bakers Junction Railroad Museum, Smithville — Haunted train; 7pm
HALLOWE’EN ◗ Valley Branch Retreat, Nashville — Horrifying Hike & Terrifying Trail; 7-10pm
FILM ◗ IU Cinema — “A Nightmare on Elm Street“; 3pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Dunn Meadow — Homecoming week free concert featuring South Jordan & Zach Majors; 7pm
MUSIC ◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Kade Puckett; 7-9pm
SPORTS ◗ IU Gymnasium — Hoosier volleyball vs. Iowa; 7pm
FILM ◗ IU Woodburn Hall Theater — Ryder Film Series: “Meet the Fokkens“; 7:15pm
STAGE ◗ Bloomington Playwrights Project — Comedy, “Rx”; 7:30pm
STAGE ◗ Brown County Playhouse, Nashville — Drama, “Last Train to Nibroc”; 7:30pm
ART ◗ IU SoFA, McCalla School — The Fuller Projects: Hanging Tales, by Jennifer Garst; 7:30pm
WORLD CULTURE ◗ Rachael’s Cafe — Fall 2012 Coffeehouse: Music, dance, etc., presented by IU Dept. of Folklore & Ethnomusicology; 7:30pm
MUSIC ◗ The Player’s Pub — The Vallures; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Auer Hall — IU Singing Hoosiers, director, Steve Zegree; 8pm
COMEDY ◗ The Comedy Attic — Jackie Kashian; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ Cafe Django — Milestones Jazz Quintet; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ Serendipity Martini Bar — Sam Hoffman & Anna Butterss; 8-11pm
MUSIC ◗ Chateau Thomas Wine Bar — Phil Bowman & Leo Hickman; 8-10pm
FILM ◗ IU Fine Arts Theater — Ryder Film Series: “Neighboring Sounds“; 8:30pm
MUSIC ◗ Max’s Place — Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, King Bee & the Stingers; 8:30pm
FILM ◗ IU Woodburn Hall Theater — Ryder Film Series: “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls“; 9pm
MUSIC ◗ The Bluebird — Clayton Anderson; 9pm
MUSIC ◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Kara Barnard, Chuck Willis; 9:30-11:30pm
COMEDY ◗ The Comedy Attic — Jackie Kashian; 10:30pm
ART ◗ IU Art Museum — Exhibits:
- “New Acquisitions,” David Hockney; through October 21st
- Paintings by Contemporary Native American Artists; through October 14th
- “Paragons of Filial Piety,” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi; through December 31st
- “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers,” by Julia Margaret, Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan; through December 31st
- “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century;” through December 31st
- Celebration of Cuban Art & Film: Pop-art by Joe Tilson; through December 31st
- “Workers of the World, Unite!” through December 31st
ART ◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center — Exhibits:
- “Ab-Fab — Extreme Quilting,” by Sandy Hill; October 5th through October 27th
- “Street View — Bloomington Scenes,” by Tom Rhea; October 5th through October 27th
- “From the Heartwoods,” by James Alexander Thom; October 5th through October 27th
- “The Spaces in Between,” by Ellen Starr Lyon; October 5th through October 27th
ART ◗ IU SoFA Grunwald Gallery — Exhibit:
- “Samenwerken,” Interdisciplinary collaborative multi-media works; through October 11th
ART ◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery — Exhibits opening September 28th:
- “A Place Aside: Artists and Their Partners;” through December 20th
- “Gender Expressions;” through December 20th
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Exhibit:
- “CUBAmistad” photos
ART ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Exhibits:
- “¡Cuba Si! Posters from the Revolution: 1960s and 1970s”
- “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web: The Origins of Everything”
- “Thoughts, Things, and Theories… What Is Culture?”
- “Picturing Archaeology”
- “Personal Accents: Accessories from Around the World”
- “Blended Harmonies: Music and Religion in Nepal”
- “The Day in Its Color: A Hoosier Photographer’s Journey through Mid-century America”
- “TOYing with Ideas”
- “Living Heritage: Performing Arts of Southeast Asia”
- “On a Wing and a Prayer”
BOOKS ◗ IU Lilly Library — Exhibit:
- “Outsiders and Others:Arkham House, Weird Fiction, and the Legacy of HP Lovecraft;” through November 1st
- “A World of Puzzles,” selections form the Slocum Puzzle Collection
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Soup’s On — Exhibit:
- Celebration of Cuban Art & Culture: “CUBAmistad photos; through October
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibit:
- “Bloomington: Then and Now,” presented by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th
ARTIFACTS ◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibit:
- “Doctors and Dentists: A Look into the Monroe County Medical professions“
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going to have watch the documentary because i’ve got a few questions: is a vacated conviction the same as an overturned conviction? one guy admits to and is guilty of the rape, did he say he acted alone? why did only some of the five file suit? if those 5 guys weren’t involved nyc can’t pay enough to compensate for their loss of liberty. if they were there but didn’t rape then it’s tango sierra for them.
Well there you have it Mittens, not only does PBS preserve our national culture and history and educate the masses it solves crimes and protects the citizen from terrorism.
“mittens” now that’s funny. he’s my guy though.