This book is just incredible. A must read for everyone. I just finished re-reading it in preparation for Book Club at work next week, and it once again has left me with a mix of emotions. It’s absolutely infuriating – the fact that people have been given the death penalty for crimes they didn’t commit. It’s heartbreaking - one of the chapters is titled “All God’s Children”, where the author profiles a handful of kids who, because of unlucky circumstances and bias, were tried as adults and sent to die in adult prisons. But what probably hit me hardest was the stories of the many clients with intellectual disabilities that the author and his team advocated tirelessly for. The Supreme Court declared the death penalty for individuals with mental disabilities as unconstitutional, yet some states like Alabama fail to create a legitimate process to assess disability, so people like Jimmy Dill, a 30-year-old with a 10-year-old’s cognitive ability, is executed. The lack of compassion that some people had was astounding.
It’s a difficult read, one where I had to stop a few times and put the book down to process the words on the pages. The American legal system is so broken, one that is stacked against people who are poor and disabled and not white, and full of misguided laws that end up hurting the most vulnerable. But it was also a story full of hope. Throughout all of the challenges, Bryan Stevenson never gave up hope in his relentless pursuit of justice. I’m inspired by him.
A few lines that stood out:
1. “You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close.”
2. Proximity has taught me some basic humbling truths, including this vital lesson: Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.
3.The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.
4. You can’t effectively fight abusive power, poverty, inequality, illness, oppression, or injustice and not be broken by it.
5. The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving.💗
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