Ken Burns’ new documentary “The Central Park Five” details the story of 5 young men of color who were wrongfully convicted of the violent rape of Trisha Meili in 1989. They were released in 2002 after Matias Reyes, a convicted rapist and murder, confessed to the crime.

Burns states, “The case was about justice, fairness, class and poverty, fear, and the distinctions that people make between people who don’t look exactly like them.” This case is also a clear example of the criminalization of men of color, known to some as institutionalized racism.

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For violence prevention advocates working in communities of color, it is impossible to separate race from conversations about the prevention of gender based violence. To do so, means that conversations about prevention are stagnant and stay on a superficial level. This creates the opportunity for male participants in particular to divorce themselves from the realities of their lives and how they themselves are affected by oppression.

This film is one opportunity for violence prevention advocates to have honest conversations with the communities they serve about how racism and gender identity intersect and impact their lived experience.