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Bryan Stevenson's powerful TED Talk, "We Need to Talk About an Injustice", takes a look at the disproportionate number of minorities who are incarcerated. Stevenson discusses how one's identity can shape his or her life and challenges us to look at these issues that have marked our past and current history.
From TED.com- "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."
This TED Talk is a little over 23 minutes in length and my worksheet contains 25 questions. There is an answer key provided for your convenience. This lesson would be great in Law & Justice class, a course looking at our criminal justice system, a lesson on inequality in society, or a lesson focusing on the need for change in our prison system.
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