Tookie Williams interview

Q. The media has made much of the fact that you have never apologized to the murder victims’ families in your case.

If I had the opportunity to talk to any victims’ family members, I would say that I can empathize and I sympathize with their loss of a loved one. I would say the same thing to anyone who has lost a loved one.

However, in regards to me apologizing, it would be wrong of me to apologize for something I didn’t do. I didn’t commit those crimes. I’ve been averring my innocence since day one, and it is the truth. So I cannot apologize for something I didn’t do.

Q. What made you decide to redirect your life and dedicate yourself to helping kids?

I’ve lived a pathetic life, and I believe it was education that helped me to change. It was through education that I was able to create common sense and use reasoning. And it was through this that I developed a conscience that led to my redemption.

This is something I feel I was obligated to do as a man, period — to do something that would help youth out there. I feel obligated to try to convince them that the life that they wanted to live or are thinking about living — the so-called thug life, or the gang life, or the criminal life, or the drug life — will ruin their lives forever.


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