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TED, Bryan Stevenson, We need to talk about an injustice

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Transcript of TED, Bryan Stevenson, We need to talk about an injustice

A talk by Bryan A. Stevenson "We need to talk about an injustice."  

of the Equal Justice Initiative
Professor at New York University School of Law

against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system
condemned prisoners & poor people

spoke at  TED2012
received ever seen at TED
following his presentation, over $1 million was raised to fund a campaign to Bryan A. Stevenson
conferences since

2 per year (USA and UK)
owned by private, nonprofit Sapling Foundation
established by Chris Anderson, at that time a magazine publishing entrepreneur



Mr. Stevenson's grandmother was a child to parents that were born in
in the 1840s in Virgina.

Her husband was in prison during prohibition and Mr. Stevenson's uncles died of alcohol-related diseases.

Her own life's .

She so that he would have a better life, one with less hardship.

She demanded he - even if the right thing was the hard thing and to .

These commitments shape Mr. Stevenson's and his life. US Population: 1972 – 209,896,021 2012 – 312,780,968
Imprisoned: 1972 – 300,000 2012 –

Parole or Probation: 2012 – 7,000,000



1 out of 3 black man between 18-30 years of age is in jail, prison, on probation or parole
50-60% of all young men of color are in jail, prison, on probation or parole in urban communities (LA, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington) MASS INCARCERATION 2,300,000 USA has highest rate of incarceration in the world. Jail, Prison, Probation, Parole - Hopelessness System of Justice in the USA treats you better if you are




Yet,

make us believe that

We have been

Alabama, like many other states, permanently takes away your right to vote if you have a criminal conviction. In Alabama


In 10 years the number will be as high as it was prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.




Yet, there is a Wealth not culpability shapes outcomes. 34% of the black male population lost their right to vote stunning silence We ask "Do people deserve to die for the crimes they've committed?"

But who asks





1 out of 9 people on are innocent.


(If 1 out of 9 airplanes crashed, we would never let people fly.)

We have ourselves from this problem. We Kill "Do we deserve to kill?" Who are we? INSULATED in the USA did not start with 9/11. Many Americans grew up with it. They had to worry about being





We are constantly running into each other, constantly creating tensions and conflicts.



In this country, in states of the Old South


where there are buried in the ground



Yet, in the there is a Terrorism We don't like to talk about our history. We are unwilling to commit ourselves to a process of truth and reconcilation. disconnect. lynched. It would be unconscionable for Germany to ever again engage in the systematic killing of human beings, especially if they were disportionately Jewish. USA,

When we don't care about these difficult things,


Think and talk about the poor and the disadvantaged in a way that is into your own life.

Innovation, creativity and development do not come from the mind alone.

We need an , a to sometimes be in hopeless places and be a Our identity is at risk integrated heart. orientation of the spirit willingness witness. We need to be and to find new ways to embrace these challenges.



There is this that must be respected. brave basic human dignity Our own, personal comes from how we treat the poor, the condemned, the incarcerated.
It is in this relationship that we understand profound things about
. wholeness who we are We cannot be human beings until we care about


To with others is energizing and rewarding. It is our

Everybody has the to our human community and to .



I have come to tell you, fully evolved deeply connect true identity capacity to contribute When the going gets tough, there will be those that are proud of you. keep your eyes on the prize, 1984 Technology, Entertainment, Design and more Founder and Executive Director challenges bias helps strongest standing ovation slavery shaped applied her life experience do the right thing identity never drink alcohol children to die in prison Politics of fear & anger disconnected. Rich & Guilty than if you are Poor & Innocent we seem to be very comfortable. these problems are not our problems. Murderers? We don't like to talk about our problems. You're 22 times more likely to get it if the defendant is black and the victim is white. we execute people... the bodies of people who were lynched. the positive and wonderful things are nonetheless implicated. They are fueled by the courageous Each of us is more than the worst thing they've done human rights and basic dignity. a perspective that is hopeful hold on. Who are we becoming? What shapes our identity? history how she saw the world. The USA is the only country where we sentence 13-year old .
The only country. ...right What do we need to do? What shapes our country? What shapes the US legal system? end the practice of putting children in adult jails death row An astonishing rate.
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