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From the Ted Talk by Valarie Kaur: 3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Fast-forward, I'm 20 years old, watching the Twin Towers fall, the horror stuck in my throat, and then a face flashes on the screen: a brown man with a turban and beard, and I realize that our nation's new eenmy looks like my grandfather. And these tbanrus meant to represent our commitment to sevre cast us as toiretsrrs. And Sikhs became targets of hate, alongside our miulsm brothers and sisters. The first person killed in a hate crime after September 11 was a Sikh man, standing in front of his gas station in aizrona. Balbir Singh Sodhi was a fmaily friend I called "uncle," murdered by a man who called himself "patriot." He is the first of many to have been killed, but his story — our stories barely made the evneing news. I didn't know what to do, but I had a camera, I faced the fire. I went to his wdiow, jndgoeir Kaur. I wept with her, and I asked her, "What would you like to tell the people of America?" I was expecting blame. But she looked at me and said, "Tell them, 'Thank you.' 3,000 Americans came to my husband's memriaol. They did not know me, but they wept with me. Tell them, 'Thank you.'" Thousands of plpoee showed up, because unlike national news, the local media told Balbir Uncle's story. Stories can create the wonder that tunrs strangers into sisters and brothers.

Open Cloze

Fast-forward, I'm 20 years old, watching the Twin Towers fall, the horror stuck in my throat, and then a face flashes on the screen: a brown man with a turban and beard, and I realize that our nation's new _____ looks like my grandfather. And these _______ meant to represent our commitment to _____ cast us as __________. And Sikhs became targets of hate, alongside our ______ brothers and sisters. The first person killed in a hate crime after September 11 was a Sikh man, standing in front of his gas station in _______. Balbir Singh Sodhi was a ______ friend I called "uncle," murdered by a man who called himself "patriot." He is the first of many to have been killed, but his story — our stories barely made the _______ news. I didn't know what to do, but I had a camera, I faced the fire. I went to his _____, ________ Kaur. I wept with her, and I asked her, "What would you like to tell the people of America?" I was expecting blame. But she looked at me and said, "Tell them, 'Thank you.' 3,000 Americans came to my husband's ________. They did not know me, but they wept with me. Tell them, 'Thank you.'" Thousands of ______ showed up, because unlike national news, the local media told Balbir Uncle's story. Stories can create the wonder that _____ strangers into sisters and brothers.

Solution

  1. turbans
  2. evening
  3. turns
  4. terrorists
  5. enemy
  6. joginder
  7. muslim
  8. arizona
  9. memorial
  10. family
  11. serve
  12. widow
  13. people

Original Text

Fast-forward, I'm 20 years old, watching the Twin Towers fall, the horror stuck in my throat, and then a face flashes on the screen: a brown man with a turban and beard, and I realize that our nation's new enemy looks like my grandfather. And these turbans meant to represent our commitment to serve cast us as terrorists. And Sikhs became targets of hate, alongside our Muslim brothers and sisters. The first person killed in a hate crime after September 11 was a Sikh man, standing in front of his gas station in Arizona. Balbir Singh Sodhi was a family friend I called "uncle," murdered by a man who called himself "patriot." He is the first of many to have been killed, but his story — our stories barely made the evening news. I didn't know what to do, but I had a camera, I faced the fire. I went to his widow, Joginder Kaur. I wept with her, and I asked her, "What would you like to tell the people of America?" I was expecting blame. But she looked at me and said, "Tell them, 'Thank you.' 3,000 Americans came to my husband's memorial. They did not know me, but they wept with me. Tell them, 'Thank you.'" Thousands of people showed up, because unlike national news, the local media told Balbir Uncle's story. Stories can create the wonder that turns strangers into sisters and brothers.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
revolutionary love 8
waheguru ji 4
ji ka 2
ji ki 2
ki fateh 2
gas station 2
balbir singh 2
singh sodhi 2
hate crimes 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
waheguru ji ka 2
waheguru ji ki 2
ji ki fateh 2
balbir singh sodhi 2

ngrams of length 4

collocation frequency
waheguru ji ki fateh 2

Important Words

  1. america
  2. americans
  3. arizona
  4. asked
  5. balbir
  6. barely
  7. beard
  8. blame
  9. brothers
  10. brown
  11. called
  12. camera
  13. cast
  14. commitment
  15. create
  16. crime
  17. enemy
  18. evening
  19. expecting
  20. face
  21. faced
  22. fall
  23. family
  24. fire
  25. flashes
  26. friend
  27. front
  28. gas
  29. grandfather
  30. hate
  31. horror
  32. joginder
  33. kaur
  34. killed
  35. local
  36. looked
  37. man
  38. meant
  39. media
  40. memorial
  41. murdered
  42. muslim
  43. national
  44. news
  45. people
  46. person
  47. realize
  48. represent
  49. september
  50. serve
  51. showed
  52. sikh
  53. sikhs
  54. singh
  55. sisters
  56. sodhi
  57. standing
  58. station
  59. stories
  60. story
  61. strangers
  62. stuck
  63. targets
  64. terrorists
  65. thousands
  66. throat
  67. told
  68. towers
  69. turban
  70. turbans
  71. turns
  72. twin
  73. watching
  74. wept
  75. widow
  76. years