Poverty and justice

Last night’s ABC Law Report features an interview with Bryan Stevenson, a Christian high profile lawyer battling child life-without-parole imprisonment and other justice system defects. At the end of the interview he makes the following interesting comment about poverty and justice: “We tend to think that poverty is simply the absence of wealth. My work, my experience, has taught me that it really isn’t the absence of wealth. I actually believe it is unjust treatment, unjust structure, unjust systems that create the conditions that allow poverty to persist and if we’re really concerned about eliminating poverty we have to be equally concerned about promoting justice. It’s the reason why I say the opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice, because I believe that with a greater commitment to justice we can see less poverty, more opportunity, greater fairness. A basic understanding of what human rights and human dignity requires.”


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