What if the opposite of poverty isn’t wealth? What if it’s justice?

My friend Shaena, one of the most dedicated advocates for justice that I know,  recommended this Ted Talk, by Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. The talk is highly engaging and very persuasive. 20 minutes is all it takes–listen to it. Listen to it openly, without thinking what it might take from you to accept these ideas, without thinking how it might threaten your experience of your own life, without listening from a place of self. No matter who you are, listen to it for its own sake, its own meaning and for what it might show you about how people unlike you experience the world.

For all the ills wealth inequality creates in the US, *justice inequality* is the greater immorality and there is no excuse for the poverty perpetuated by unexamined, unquestioned privilege.


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