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Children of the Revolutionary 

Former black revolutionary Watani Stiner turned himself in to San Quentin so his children could come to America. Was it worth it?

Wednesday, Aug 22 2007
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For the kids, the question is no less difficult.

“I’ve thought about that quite a bit, but it’s impossible,” says Latanya. “How can I choose? I want it all. I want an education, and I want my father too. Is that really so much?”

Kishana is more blunt. “My father is my hero,” she says, her normally bright smile fading to anger. “I plan on taking full advantage of the sacrifice he made for us. But if they keep him locked up for the rest of his life, after all I’ve been through, that will be the ultimate injustice. None of this will have been worth anything. It’s impossible for my brothers and sisters to really appreciate his sacrifice, because they don’t know him. They need to know him like I do, so they’ll understand. He’s been punished enough — his family needs him. If I don’t get to hug my daddy without bars surrounding us, or only when he’s on his deathbed in the hospital, I will never forgive this country.”

click to flip through (5) The extended Stiner clan, from left: Larry Jr. and his wife, Diane, with their daughter Khyra, 3, and Larry’s half-siblings Tamani, 16; Natisha, 19; Lige, 15; and Mtume, 14. Not pictured: Kishana, 23; Latanya, 21; and Larry’s daughter Jasmine, 19. (Photo by Gregory Bojorquez)
  • The extended Stiner clan, from left: Larry Jr. and his wife, Diane, with their daughter Khyra, 3, and Larry’s half-siblings Tamani, 16; Natisha, 19; Lige, 15; and Mtume, 14. Not pictured: Kishana, 23; Latanya, 21; and Larry’s daughter Jasmine, 19. (Photo by Gregory Bojorquez)
 

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