How wealth shapes justice

Photo by Alexis Fauvet

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth… The opposite of poverty is justice.”

Amid questions about the systemic nature of poverty and its effects, as well as questions about the “best practices” for actually making a difference in reversing injustices, we can be mystified to a standstill.

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, “is a public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned.” In the below TED talk, Stevenson opens the lid of the criminal justice system and takes us for a look inside. Specifically, a look at the ways race and class shape the ways cases are handled within that system, and as a result shape the arc of poverty and oppression in our culture.

If your students are asking deeper questions about race and class as a result of spring break mission trips, the presidential election, or something in your own community, this take on the questions at hand is worth exploring as we seek God’s heart for justice for all people.