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We need to talk about injustice



We need to talk about an injustice”

In his TED talk entitled “We need to talk about injustice” civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson uses emotion in efficient argument which made him win the Supreme Court case of Miller v. Alabama. The case of Miller v. Alabama was mainly aimed at prohibiting life sentences for juveniles convicted with murder without being given a chance for parole. Stevenson uses emotion which effectively persuaded people and received the longest standing ovation ever recorded in the history of TED talk.

Stevenson applied three areas of persuasion during his talk which included the ethos, the logos and lastly the pathos. He achieved this by telling three stories with an aim of supporting his argument. In his talk about injustice, Stevenson told a persuasive story about his grandmother which informed, inspired and eventually moved his audience to his support. When asked why he told a story about his grandmother, he asserted that everyone had a grandmother.

There is need for society to talk about the various practices of injustice experienced by our fellow members of the society. The best way to achieve this, our conversations not only need to rely on data and facts but also on stories in order to reinforce our arguments. Therefore, with the sole objective of talking about injustice, we all need to incorporate narrations about our personal experiences and in that order link them with the experiences faced by others in order to persuade the society and illuminate light about human justice.

Civil right attorney Bryan Stevenson persuades us to always be novel in our talks about injustice and other talks in general. This is because unlike facts and data that are constantly repeated to us, people like seeing and hearing something new and this can be achieved through our personal stories. He insists that people should avoid “trotting out the usual shtick”, meaning that we should avoid repetition but instead deliver unique information in order to win the talk against injustice.