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HOW THE POWER OF IDENTITY SHAPES OUTCOME

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This TED talk reminds me of the book “There was a country” by Chinua Achebe. I remember when the book was published in 2012 and how much discomfort it caused a lot of people. “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter” – Chinua Achebe. How can we hope to build a better future as a nation, if we aren’t willing to acknowledge, explore and deal with the past? How can our generation hope to do better if we live in denial about how wrong some of the things we’ve been fed are, if we contribute to these systems and institutions that do nothing but stifle growth and development?….

In this 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. Don’t go away yet, it’s not all about America and her problems, you’ll be very inspired and it’ll speak to you in so many ways – especially if you’re interested in justice, equality, upholding human dignity, etc.

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