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An Open Letter to America about the Central Park Five

I saw THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE at the closing night of DOC NYC tonight, and at the end, when the five men who'd been wrongfully convicted came up onto the stage, together in one place for the first time since that night in Central Park on April 19, 1989, I was choking back tears.
  • By Josh Ralske
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  • November 16, 2012 1:58 PM
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What the Sikhs Taught Me

Several years ago, Press Play Editor in Chief Kevin B. Lee produced a video documenting hate crimes against the Sikh American community in the aftermath of 9/11. That video, "Dastaar: Defending Sikh Identity" has been circulating in the wake of the mass shootings in Oak Creek, Wisconsin last Sunday. The video is embedded below. Lee has also written a personal reflection about how the video led to his involvement in Sikhism.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • August 8, 2012 6:52 PM
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Why did so many Nazis get away with murder?

Simon Weisenthal’s greatest contribution to the world was his dogged pursuit of Nazi criminals who escaped punishment at the end of World War II. His second greatest contribution was his reminder that despite being described as “the Good War” or “a just war,” not enough good was ultimately done, and comparatively little justice was meted out. Some of the most prominent and heinous architects of mass murder simply got on with their lives, and some were the recipients of largesse — jobs, travel assistance, even money and government protection — that was denied to the people who endured their cruelty. And we tend to forget that for every high-ranking sadist or mass murderer who was imprisoned or executed after the war, thousands more who assisted them directly (through action) or indirectly (through silence) were never even called to account.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • November 15, 2011 7:52 PM
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