Esquire Magazine is reporting When They See Us, which depicts the injustice done to five Harlem teens who were arrested, convicted and imprisoned in the 1989 rape of a jogger, has fueled #CancelLindaFairstein movement. The movement calls for publishers and booksellers to stop supporting Linda Fairstein, who was the head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, she parlayed that to become a novelist. I am taking #CancelLindaFairstein a step further. I and 505 people – and counting are demanding the publishers donate the profits from her books to Korey Wise Innocence Project.
In 2002, the men’s conviction was exonerated, after the real rapist came forward. Let’s think about that fact; if Matias Reyes would not have confessed, UnFairstein may still be out here living her best life, and Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, and Korey Wise would still be waiting for justice.
The thing that makes me angriest most of all, UnFairstein knew she lied, bullied, and manipulated the facts, and she still stands by her actions. Girl, bye. Now, in the words of New Jack City’s Nino Brown, #CancelThatWhatNinoBrownSaid.
Tara J., advocate with a hip hop twist, and I want to “do more than scratch the surface.”