Hi Barney and Tara,
First off – love the show. I have listened from the beginning. Anywhoodle – I stumbled across a great read; The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton.
His memoir is about his almost 30 years on death row for two murders he did not commit. At one point in the book, he was hours from being put to death. As the book progresses, it is clear that EVERYONE knows he is innocent – even the guards at the prison were asking why he had not yet been released. The sentiment seemed to be “well, he has been in prison so long, he might as well stay there even if he is innocent – someone has to pay”
He does not claim to be a saint. In fact, at one point he talks about when he took a car for a test drive…for two years. When he finally told his mom, she reminded him of what was right and he turned himself in and accepted the consequences.
He talks about the difficulty of growing up black. He talks about the relationships he developed and how he survived in prison. He talks about his feelings of hopelessness of ever being free. The justice system stripped him of the biggest part of his life. A poignant story with humor mixed in along the way. For a man who missed the better part of his life locked up and lost loved ones while incarcerated, he is not bitter. He has every right to be, but instead, he has become a successful speaker and worked hard to build a life. He had huge adjustments to make when he was released – he knew nothing of technology or how the world works now. To this day, he still makes sure he is always seen and everyone knows where he is at every moment so that he always has an alibi.
This book made me laugh and cry. The injustice made me so very angry on his behalf. But – at the end, my faith in humanity was restored. I think about this book often and think that there is a lesson to be learned in it all. He is grateful for every new day – as we all should be.
Thank you both for your wonderful podcast.
Dawn Sena (in the USA)
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