Oprah's Book Club (Official) discussion

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What are your thoughts so far? Before being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death, Anthony Ray Hinton was in trouble with the law for stealing a car. Does this in any way make you less sympathetic to his plight?

Also, check out an intimate conversation with Oprah and Anthony Ray Hinton in the July issue of O, The Oprah Magazine on newsstands today.


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Niecy M. (emorton211) | 5 comments No because he's a product of his environment. If he wasn't taught correctly you can't bash him for his lack of street knowledge or proper sense in deciphering what's the correct way verses the incorrect way.


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Natasha (ahsatan82) | 4 comments I didn't feel less sympathetic, especially because there have been people who have a worse criminal record and aren't incarcerated let alone wrongfully placed on death row.

I'll look for that article for sure. I enjoyed listening to his story but saddened that he was robbed of so much of his life due to this faulty justice system. I pray his story impacts those who have a say in improving the system.


Maggie the Muskoka Library Mouse (mcurry1990) No, the knowledge that he was in trouble for stealing a car does not make me feel less sympathetic. Stealing a car does not seem to justify a wrongful conviction and being sentenced to death.


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Sherry B (goodreadscomsherryb) | 2 comments Like that game Grandtheft auto, you don’t get in any trouble at all but out here in the real world it’s a different story and look like this character took that path and then paid the consequences. Now we know in the courts in the justice system we have wall-to-wall racial bias period.


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Simone Faith (simonefaith) | 11 comments Well people are victims of their up bringing. We can’t always choose our parents with that said you always have a choice. To do or not to do that is the question.


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Billy Barnum | 4 comments I think "Move Over Shakespeare Tales From The Baron" should be on the Oprah Book Club List.


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Mamie Smith | 1 comments Hello,

My name is Mamie Smith, Ed.D. I am delighted to become a member of this group! Thanks for the confirmation!

In response:

There is a marked difference between stealing a car and killing someone. I am not sure "sympathetic" is the word I would use, but certainly I am not less committed to seeing an innocent man taken off death row for a crime he did not commit because he stole a car.

African Americans typically spend more time in prison or are sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit for many reasons...one being lack of proper defense.

The wheels of justice move very slowly in America.


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Simone Faith (simonefaith) | 11 comments Re: Bloopy by Simone Faith in Feedspot Top 100 Christian Youtube Channels


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Simone Faith (simonefaith) | 11 comments Justice appears to be unfair. The real question. Can justice be fair?


message 21: by Samuel (new)

Samuel Yinn | 3 comments The justice was unfair because Anthony was African American. Facts


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Hope Farley | 6 comments Billy wrote: "I think "Move Over Shakespeare Tales From The Baron" should be on the Oprah Book Club List."

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anusha_reads | 39 comments Hi my name is Anu, new to the group. it took some time to find out where i have to introduce myself, i am very happy to read about new writes and voracious readers.


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Sarah Shahin | 8 comments help..
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I feel more so sympathetic.
I feel more so suspicious of his "White Folk".

I also am looking at the guy as perfectly innocent.
I do.

I think he was caught being black.
I do.
The same way: I have been caught being white a time or twenty or thirty.


Autotheft: is a common criminal charge ascribed to persons who have been a sober sister or a sober driver. When a sober sister is backstabbed by a drug addict: the "good guy" frequently catches criminal charges.


Nobody in today's age really steals cars or is even willing to steal a car: mostly because of anti-theft systems.



Auto Theft charges: can and often do occur when someone sits there, looks at someone drunk in a bar (Say "Suki's Bar and Grill" in Portland) and says "you drunk, gimme your car keys. NOW!"


When someone takes someone's car keys by force to prevent them from driving home or to prevent them from sleeping in their car....

That's auto theft.
It truly is.
It saved their life, but it's autotheft.











So who's life did Anthony Ray Hinton save by killing someone?
Who's life did he save by stealing a car?


What's his black ass doing?
I think he's doing good like his mamma and Jesus Christ done told him to....
and he is in trouble for it.


So: who are the white devils nipping at his heels?
Let me talk to them.


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Christine Giovannelli | 2 comments I’m a lawyer and I didn’t feel sympathy until I represented someone in a criminal case. He was a product of his environment and it was really sad.


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JCM SEDNA | 52 comments I am of the opinion that I have no opinion for I have not walked in his shoes and therefore, am not well enough informed to judge.


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Belynda Thomas (belyndawilsonthomas) | 10 comments Hi Ally
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message 45: by L.C. (new)

L.C. Riley (iamlcriley) No, it does not. He was wrongfully convicted and now he's being sentenced to death. If anything, I'd feel terrible for him because I can't imagine facing death for anything—let alone, something that I didn't do. Trying to taint someone's image as a distraction from what is a wrongful conviction is deceiving, which is all too common.


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Monika Martyn | 13 comments So I woke up this morning to find a note from someone who just read my fresh off the press debut novel, https://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Man-Act-...
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message 47: by Hilary (new)

Hilary McElwaine | 3 comments OBC wrote: "What are your thoughts so far? Before being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death, Anthony Ray Hinton was in trouble with the law for stealing a car. Does this in any way make you less sympat..."
Hi there, I am new to Goodreads and my name is Hilary.
Every crime needs to be judged appropriately but miscarriages of justice are terrible and getting rid of death sentencing would be a start.
Cost of representation is a problem mainly for victims and needs to be addressed to ensure defence and prosecution are on an even keel.
I see the car theft as a totally separate issue and the focus needs to be on how he came to convicted for something he didn't do.


message 48: by Nicholas (new)

Nicholas | 1 comments Great new addiction memoir on Amazon titled “a mothers man”


message 49: by Monika (new)

Monika Martyn | 13 comments To my fellow authors on Goodreads. I'm absolutely heartbroken to share this, but I have now received three extortion attempts from Goodreads members. I have advised Goodreads and hope that they can spare others from having to experience this ordeal.

And since I'm a writer, I've also learned to be a fighter.


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May (mayzie) | 456 comments Wow!! That is nasty!!!


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