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Dr. Natalie Byfield is the author of Savage Portrayals: Race, Media & the Central Park Jogger Story published by Temple University Press (2014). She is also an associate professor of sociology at St. John's University in Queens. She has also taught in the fields of media studies and journalism. She spent close to a decade working as a journalist in New York City. Her work has appeared in the New York Daily News, Time Magazine, The American Lawyer, New York Law Journal, and New York Woman.

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#BlackLivesMatter: We Still Have to Fight for the Right to Exist!

(6) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 9:24 AM

In 2014, the Central Park Five officially stopped being infamous: New York City settled the group's wrongful conviction lawsuit for $40 million. In some ways, the Central Park Five reached the status of folk legend: their story of wrongful conviction and imprisonment for the 1989 rape of an Upper East...

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The Central Park Jogger Case Is Settled for $40 Million, But What About Justice for Other Black and Latino Teens?

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 5:27 PM

"I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice." --Theodore Parker, abolitionist

Debate amongst individuals and those in the media about the necessity and adequacy of...

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The Legacy of the Central Park Jogger "Wilding" Case

(32) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 3:15 PM

On April 19, we marked the 25th anniversary of the sexual assault of Trisha Meili, the 28-year-old white, female jogger at the center of the 1989 Central Park-rape case. I cannot help but ask myself what the ultimate significance of this case will be. The rape along with some assaults...

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