By Lisa D’Souza
If you care about justice in America, please take 24 minutes to listen to Bryan Stevenson’s TED talk.
In less than half an hour, Mr. Stevenson eloquently and compellingly discusses the problem of mass incarceration, its impact on poor communities of color, and our nation’s resistance to honestly examining our history and our present.
He offers painful data and asks hard questions. Why are we comfortable with a justice system in which “wealth not culpability shapes outcomes.”
Why are we the only country in the world in which children as young as 13 can be sentenced to live their natural lives and die in prison? How have we allowed the disenfranchisement of vast numbers of men of color?
We allow it because we don’t think this is “our problem.” Mr. Stevenson reminds us that none of us is free until all of us are free and that our society will be judged by our treatment of the marginalized. He asks us to start talking about these justice issues and to commit ourselves to truth and reconciliation.
There is no time like the present. Will you commit to thinking and talking about injustice today? I will.