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TED Talk Tuesday

2013/01/29

In this TED talk, Bryan Stevenson starts a conversation about injustice that we all need to hear. The youtube description says this:

In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

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  1. 2013/02/03 4:47 am

    A bit of a tangent to the main thrust, but:

    Bryan Stevenson begins this talk by talking about ‘identity’, and how the effect of a message can be heavily influenced by the identity of the originator. I think this is of particular interest and relevance to blogging. A message that I may try to put across in a blog post will have a different impact to that which it might have were I to try to put it across in person. I find it fascinating that one’s online persona can be perceived as being very different from the real world one, when in fact the source is the one and the same.

    This talk reminds me of some native American quotes to which Martin Lack pointed recently, in particular:

    Humankind has not woven the web of life.
    We are but one thread within it.
    Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
    All things are bound together.
    All things connect.
    ~ Chief Seattle, 1854 ~

    The suffering and injustice of which Mr Stevenson speaks was poignantly described by Victor Hugo a long time ago in Les Misérables:

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