Rubin Hurricane Carter was a boxer who had the justice system stacked against him. In the 1960’s justice was questionable, as blacks were treated unfairly. The case of Rubin was a long shot; he was finally released from jail after 19 years of being wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he had never committed. He has experienced a great deal of prejudice and controversy. He was born on May 6th, 1937 in Clifton, New Jersey. Clifton was a very controversial place to live; people were discriminated against from birth because of the color of their skin.
At seven years of age, he moved with his family to Patterson.
Rubin often would beat up bullies or anyone else who made fun of him. Carter was expelled from school for fighting with a teacher who he felt was mistreating his sister. He even punched the local preacher. At the age of nine, he stole some new clothes and gave them to his brothers and sisters. His father saw the new clothes and, after beating his son, turned him in to the police. Carter was arrested at the age of 12, and sent to a home for boys called Jamesburg State Home for Boys, by Patterson detectives. It was this incident that had made detectives weary of Rubin; he had stabbed a man with a Boy Scout knife. Rubin had claimed the man was a pedophile who had tried to molest his friend. He was sentenced to 6 years without release for good behavior.
Carter escaped and joined the army specializing in the segregated corps. While in the army he made many friends and met others that introduced him into boxing. He started training everyday and became very talented and physically fit. He endured the hideous physical punishment of paratrooper training stationed in Germany. Carter was goaded...