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Tawana Told the Truth

If you know this movie, down to the background details, then you may have noticed that there is a wall with the words, “Tawana Told The Truth” spray painted on a brick wall. So what is this about? In 1987, Tawana Brawley was a fifteen year old girl, who accused six men, one of them a police officer, of raping her. Later Brawley recounted her statement, claiming it was sexual abuse and not rape. A year later, a jury ruled that she was not raped and had made up the story. Despite the ruling, some in the black community were still outraged by how the media covered the story, including releasing the name of a minor and playing on racial stereotypes.

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