“What you don’t see is depression and addiction. You don’t see jail, and rehab, and a woman who would soon be found by a passerby trying to jump off a bridge. You don’t see a high school freshman being forced to grow up too fast, or an open casket.”
“My wife won’t let me out of the house unless I wear enough colorful and ‘innocent’ clothing so as not to appear threatening. I am a good person! But none of this matters, because I am still a black man who jogs.”
“I wish I could right the horrible wrong that was done. I see you look at that perfect picture of daddy. I wish I could tell you he was coming back home. But my dear son, he is not.”
“‘Um, wait. What?’ We learned we’d been wildly misinformed about where Taylor was. She never went back to her mom like we were told. Instead, she went to 3 MORE foster homes, including one that lost their license for abusing children. Our frustration and anger with the system ran deep. We were here, ready, available and waiting for her. We didn’t understand how this could possibly happen.”
After 23 years in jail, Nevest Coleman wants to get back to work.