Rubin Carter: The Hurricane

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Rubin Carter: The Hurricane “Here comes the story of the Hurricane”-Rubin Carter—the boxer, the man—who had justice stacked against him (Dylan, Bob). The question: What is justice? According to whose point of view? In the 1960s, were blacks treated fairly? Case in point—Rubin “Hurricane” Carter who was finally released from jail after 19 years of being wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he never committed. Rubin Carter in no way has experienced an easy life. He was born on May 6, 1937, in Clifton, New Jersey. At the time, Clifton was a very controversial place to live. Blacks were being treated unfairly from birth because of the color of their skin. When he was about seven he moved with his family to Paterson. At the young age of twelve, Carter was arrested and sent to a home for boys, called Jamesburg State Home for Boys, by the Paterson detectives. Because of this incident, the Paterson detectives already did not like him, so this would only make his situation in the future worse. The reason he went to the home was because he stabbed a man with a Boy Scout knife. Rubin claimed the man was a pedophile that was trying to molest his friend. He was to serve 6 years without early release from good behavior. Before Carter’s term was up, he decided to escape. Rubin went from the boy’s home right into the army, where he joined the segregated corps. While in the Army he made some friends that liked boxing. Rubin started training daily and became very good. In 1956 Carter returned to Paterson, where he had grown up, and was shortly arrested and taken to serve his 10 remaining months in a jail. Once he was released he was arrested again very shortly after for purse snatching; Rubin was to spend four years for that crime. While in jail for that sentence, Carter continued training for boxing, as this helped to get out some of his anger. His lightning fast swing and “cat-like” reflexes earned him the nickname “Hurricane.” One night, after Rubin was released, he was at a nightclub mingling with some old friends. He was leaving late in the night, and was giving a ride to a man he had just met, John Artis. On their way home, on the night of June 17th, 1966, they were pulled over by a white police officer and escorted to the scene of the crime, as they fit the possible description of the criminals they were looking for (two black men in a white c... ... middle of paper ... ...ent 19 years in jail last time he was wrongfully arrested, was extremely angry. "I am so furious that what happened simply because I was wearing a jacket and I am black he said after his release (Personal Interview). In 1999, the ultimate tribute possible was made to him. The movie, The Hurricane, directed by Norman Jewison and starring Denzel Washington, was a story of the unfair struggles Rubin was put through. The movie was mainly based on Carter’s autobiography and the book written by Swinton and Chaiton. In 2000 yet another book was written about the Hurricane. It was an authorized autobiography by James S. Hirsch, called Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter. The struggles of Rubin Carter have proven that not everyone is treated fairly. What happened to Carter was a shame, and should never happen again; but the sad part is that it will. The prosecution in the case knew they were wrong, but they would rather do their job and put an innocent man in jail, rather that lose their job, but save a great part of an innocent man’s life. In the future it will happen again whether it’s because of religion, race, sex, or anything, people will be prosecuted unfairly.
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