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Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

Susan Notes:

Here is a TED talk worth watching.

Bryan Stevenson tells the audience that we need to think about those who will never get to TED. He quotes Havel: "a need to be sometimes to be in hopeless places and be a witness."

Here you can learn that Bryan Stevenson is a public-interest lawyer. He is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

  • The opposite of poverty is not wealth. ⦠In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.

  • We have a system of justice in [the US] that treats you much better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent. Wealth, not culpability, shapes outcomes.

  • It's that mind-heart connection that I believe compels us to not just be attentive to all the bright and dazzling things but also the dark and difficult things.

  • Hold on.

  • More. Go listen.

    TED reported that Stevenson's talk inspired one of the longest and loudest standing ovations in TED's history. And it provoked a blizzard of requests from audience members that TED find a way to support the work of his nonprofit organization, the Equal Justice Initiative.

    — Bryan Stevenson


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