I’ll be ending each week with a shout-out to someone who’s got something inspiring up on the web. And this week, I want to raise a glass to Bryan Stevenson and his TED Talk, “We Need to Talk about an Injustice.”
His primary focus is on the racial inequities within the U.S. prison system–and the dramatic increase in incarceration over the past four decades.
But the angle he takes on this problem is far from a hopeless one. He’s honest about his own occasional fatigue. But he emphasizes the importance of facing injustice anyway. After all, there are times when we must have “a willingness to be in hopeless places and be a witness,” an idea he credits to the Czech leader Vaclav Havel.
And he assures us that there is reason to hold out hope, even in those darkest of places. For “the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
So this week’s shout-out goes to Bryan Stevenson, human rights lawyer and advocate, for bringing hope and compassion to a vast problem. May we all use our sense of justice and compassion to bring light into dark places.