by Yvette Carnell
About a week ago CNN’s Anderson Cooper discussed with Walter’s Scott’s family a topic that has become all too common among black victims and their families–forgiveness.
After black teen Jordan Davis was gunned down by Michael Dunn, a CNN anchor also asked the slain teen’s parents about their plans to forgive their son’s killer. Jordan’s father was honest in his answer: No. Still, the pressure is usually on black victims to forgive, as opposed to pressuring their assailants to be worthy of forgiveness.
One exonerated inmate who spent most of his life behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit has no plans to forgive the prosecutor who ruined his life.
Glenn Ford spent 30 years on death row after being convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. Ford’s story is made all the more tragic by the recent revelation that he has stage 4 lung cancer and isn’t expected to survive past six months.
So, when the man who put him behind bars, former prosecutor Marty Stroud, came to visit Ford, the exonerated man made it clear that he wasn’t in a forgiving mood.
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“I want you to know that I am very sorry,” Stroud said during a tense meeting. “It’s a stain on me that will be with me until I go to my grave.”
Ford said Stroud’s words aren’t worth much now.
“Right,” Ford, who was too weak to stand, shot back, without even looking up at Stroud. “But it still cost me 31 years of my life and then nothing at the end but death because they give me from six to eight months to live.”
“I’m sorry,” Ford added. “I can’t forgive you.”