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When A Friend Runs

Author: Tafari, Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 12:32 PM Mindspill

10 years ago, I met Cole Jordan and he helped me to get back in school to complete my baccalaureate. Since then, he & his wife Diane have been like parents. Today, I learned that he has been a fugitive for the past 40+ years and is now in jail in California.  I am beyond shocked & devastated as I sit in my office trying not to cry. I called Diane, the woman that introduced me to Toni Morrison (not the person but the literature) and we comforted each other. I needed to hear her voice and know that she was OK. For the longest, Cole & I have been planning on getting a coffee to catch up but our busy lives made that meeting not happen. Now, I’m sitting here wishing that it did. It’s always after the fact…. The fact that Cole turned himself into the authorities speaks volumes to me! I know Cole to be a man of integrity, love, honesty, style, education advocate and most of all, a friend who personifies what a Black man should be. I have to wrap my head around this. I really do. I feel for Cole, Diane, and their sons, my brothers from another mother. I don’t know the facts of the case that got Cole to this point. I don’t know what led to whatever but I have to say that it does sound pretty bad ass. I’m just saying. To get the backstory, check here. I read it 4 times and still like, just like.... Photo Credit: Michael Macor / San Francisco Chronicle

4 Responses to “When A Friend Runs”

  1. Tiffany Says:

    Hey Tafari,

    Damn, this just….I believe your friend should receive leniency. He has lived an exemplary life for the last 35 years. He has mentored and inspired countless young people. I’m sure you and many others can attest to that! I am believing in a positive outcome!

  2. Anna Says:

    Wow…i saw that article in the chronicle the other day and thought how wild it was to try to punish someone for having lived an exemplary life. We just don’t know how his life (and his contribution to society) might have been different had he gone to jail 40 years ago.

    I hope that you and others whose lives he touched will get a chance to testify to the impact his life made on yours.

    I am sending you all the best thoughts and hopes for blessings from the universe.

  3. mofunk Says:

    WOW… sounds like he got caught up in the 60s. But was strong enough to walk away. Just think if he served time, where would he have been? If he reaches out to you, listen to him. Give him that much. Good luck

  4. Tafari Says:

    Friends, thanks so much of your words. I got good news today… Cole was released on Friday.

    I was on a serious emotional spin when I posted this…

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