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From the Ted Talk by Candis Watts Smith: 3 myths about racism that keep the US from progress

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How did we get like this? Well, one of the things we might think about is how we raise our kids and equip them to solve the problems that we want them to solve. Research shows that white parents in particular will either choose to not talk about issues of racism to their kids in order to protect them from a hrash riacal reality or they instill colorblind lessons, and that can actually reinforce ngivaete racial auttetids. So it's kind of like how some of your panters might have given you books about puberty so they didn't have to talk about the birds and the bees, and then you tried to connect all the dots and then you did it all wrong. It's like that. It doesn't have to be like this. We can do better. We can have hard conversations with our kids so that they don't grow up like many of us did, thinking that talking about racism makes you a racist — it doesn't — and so that we can prevent them from mnkiag the same mistakes that we've seen in the past.

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How did we get like this? Well, one of the things we might think about is how we raise our kids and equip them to solve the problems that we want them to solve. Research shows that white parents in particular will either choose to not talk about issues of racism to their kids in order to protect them from a _____ ______ reality or they instill colorblind lessons, and that can actually reinforce ________ racial _________. So it's kind of like how some of your _______ might have given you books about puberty so they didn't have to talk about the birds and the bees, and then you tried to connect all the dots and then you did it all wrong. It's like that. It doesn't have to be like this. We can do better. We can have hard conversations with our kids so that they don't grow up like many of us did, thinking that talking about racism makes you a racist — it doesn't — and so that we can prevent them from ______ the same mistakes that we've seen in the past.

Solution

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  3. parents
  4. racial
  5. harsh
  6. negative

Original Text

How did we get like this? Well, one of the things we might think about is how we raise our kids and equip them to solve the problems that we want them to solve. Research shows that white parents in particular will either choose to not talk about issues of racism to their kids in order to protect them from a harsh racial reality or they instill colorblind lessons, and that can actually reinforce negative racial attitudes. So it's kind of like how some of your parents might have given you books about puberty so they didn't have to talk about the birds and the bees, and then you tried to connect all the dots and then you did it all wrong. It's like that. It doesn't have to be like this. We can do better. We can have hard conversations with our kids so that they don't grow up like many of us did, thinking that talking about racism makes you a racist — it doesn't — and so that we can prevent them from making the same mistakes that we've seen in the past.

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