the brutal rape of a white woman in 1989 set off racial tensions in new york city that rivaled that of the early 20th century the viciousness against the five juveniles arrested for the crime set off hate-filled talk in newspapers, on talk radio and television even donald trump got in on the act, taking out full page ads in nyc newspapers saying the four black men and one latino arrested should get the death penalty even though the men were exonerated after they went to prison, trump to this day has still refused to apologize