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“We cannot be full, evolved human beings until we care about human rights and basic dignity.” This is the central thesis of public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who passionately reminds a captivated TED audience that innovation and technological advancements count for little while people continue to suffer persecution and discrimination. getAbstract urges anyone with a desire to eliminate injustice in the United States and beyond to listen to and discuss Stevenson’s poignant, inspirational message.

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Bryan Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that strives to eliminate discrimination against African-Americans from the US justice system.



“There is power in identity.” When lawyer Bryan Stevenson was a boy, his grandmother asked him to promise to take care of his mother, to do the right thing even in the face of adversity and to steer clear of alcohol. He fulfilled her three requests and, as an adult, credits this conversation for helping to mold his identity. In a similar vein, when Americans don’t discuss or care about imbalances in the criminal justice system, they put the national identity at risk. More than two million people live in US prisons today. Some of the incarcerated are children; America is the only nation...

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    J. T. 5 years ago
    ¿¿“We cannot be full, evolved human beings until we care about human rights and basic dignity.” ??

    Too bad this is only applied in other countries,in LATAM is all about doing this on viceversa, starting with the managers or bosses, even though we know it's up to a cultural issue in their mind. For them, shaming on people means bigger respect

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    a. A. 5 years ago
    Very timely TED Talk.