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From the Ted Talk "Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi: An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter"

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Alicia Garza: Sure. So I think race and racism is probably the most tiedsdu sacoli, economic and political phenomenon in this country, but it's also the least understood. The reality is that race in the United States operates on a spectrum from black to white. Doesn't mean that people who are in between don't experience racism, but it means that the closer you are to white on that spectrum, the better off you are. And the closer to black that you are on that rpeumstc the worse off your are. When we think about how we address problems in this country, we often astrt from a pclea of trickle-down uijctse. So using white folks as the control we say, well, if we make things better for white folks then everybody else is going to get free. But actually it doesn't work that way. We have to seadrds problems at the root, and when you deal with what's happening in black uinsticomem, it creates an effervescence, right? So a bubble up rather than a trickle down. Let me iveg an example. When we talk about the wage gap, we often say women make 78 cents to every dollar that a man makes. You all have heard that before. But those are the atttcsssii for white women and white men. The reality is that black women make something like 64 cents to every 78 cents that withe women make. When we talk about latinas, it goes down to about 58 cents. If we were to talk about indigenous women, if we were to talk about trans women, it would even go further down. So again, if you deal with those who are the most impacted, everybody has an opportunity to benefit from that, rather than dealing with the folks who are not as meadticp, and expecting it to trickle down.

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Alicia Garza: Sure. So I think race and racism is probably the most _______ ______, economic and political phenomenon in this country, but it's also the least understood. The reality is that race in the United States operates on a spectrum from black to white. Doesn't mean that people who are in between don't experience racism, but it means that the closer you are to white on that spectrum, the better off you are. And the closer to black that you are on that ________ the worse off your are. When we think about how we address problems in this country, we often _____ from a _____ of trickle-down _______. So using white folks as the control we say, well, if we make things better for white _____ then everybody else is going to get free. But actually it doesn't work that way. We have to _______ problems at the root, and when you deal with what's happening in black ___________, it creates an effervescence, right? So a bubble up rather than a trickle down. Let me ____ an example. When we talk about the wage gap, we often say women make 78 cents to every dollar that a man makes. You all have heard that before. But those are the __________ for white women and white men. The reality is that black women make something like 64 cents to every 78 cents that _____ women make. When we talk about latinas, it goes down to about 58 cents. If we were to talk about indigenous women, if we were to talk about trans women, it would even go further down. So again, if you deal with those who are the most impacted, everybody has an opportunity to benefit from that, rather than dealing with the folks who are not as ________, and expecting it to trickle down.

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Original Text

Alicia Garza: Sure. So I think race and racism is probably the most studied social, economic and political phenomenon in this country, but it's also the least understood. The reality is that race in the United States operates on a spectrum from black to white. Doesn't mean that people who are in between don't experience racism, but it means that the closer you are to white on that spectrum, the better off you are. And the closer to black that you are on that spectrum the worse off your are. When we think about how we address problems in this country, we often start from a place of trickle-down justice. So using white folks as the control we say, well, if we make things better for white folks then everybody else is going to get free. But actually it doesn't work that way. We have to address problems at the root, and when you deal with what's happening in black communities, it creates an effervescence, right? So a bubble up rather than a trickle down. Let me give an example. When we talk about the wage gap, we often say women make 78 cents to every dollar that a man makes. You all have heard that before. But those are the statistics for white women and white men. The reality is that black women make something like 64 cents to every 78 cents that white women make. When we talk about latinas, it goes down to about 58 cents. If we were to talk about indigenous women, if we were to talk about trans women, it would even go further down. So again, if you deal with those who are the most impacted, everybody has an opportunity to benefit from that, rather than dealing with the folks who are not as impacted, and expecting it to trickle down.

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