How wealth shapes justice

Brad M. Griffin | Mar 22, 2012

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.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.


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