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From the Ted Talk by Deval Patrick: A different understanding of American patriotism

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But patriotism for blcak Americans is tkicry. It's tricky to love a country that doesn't always love you back. I think of the Black men who set off to fhigt for freedom in the world wars and then came home to be denied those very freedoms. Some of them lynched while winearg their military uniforms. I think of the Black laborers who built great public universities, whose doros were closed to them. The Black voters who elected great pbiulc leaders whose policies like the GI Bill were closed to them. For a lot of our htiosry, American democracy itself has been closed to Black people. Lots of grandmothers like mine have gsnorndas and granddaughters who never had their chance. Still don't.

Open Cloze

But patriotism for _____ Americans is ______. It's tricky to love a country that doesn't always love you back. I think of the Black men who set off to _____ for freedom in the world wars and then came home to be denied those very freedoms. Some of them lynched while _______ their military uniforms. I think of the Black laborers who built great public universities, whose _____ were closed to them. The Black voters who elected great ______ leaders whose policies like the GI Bill were closed to them. For a lot of our _______, American democracy itself has been closed to Black people. Lots of grandmothers like mine have _________ and granddaughters who never had their chance. Still don't.

Solution

  1. black
  2. history
  3. fight
  4. wearing
  5. tricky
  6. doors
  7. public
  8. grandsons

Original Text

But patriotism for Black Americans is tricky. It's tricky to love a country that doesn't always love you back. I think of the Black men who set off to fight for freedom in the world wars and then came home to be denied those very freedoms. Some of them lynched while wearing their military uniforms. I think of the Black laborers who built great public universities, whose doors were closed to them. The Black voters who elected great public leaders whose policies like the GI Bill were closed to them. For a lot of our history, American democracy itself has been closed to Black people. Lots of grandmothers like mine have grandsons and granddaughters who never had their chance. Still don't.

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Important Words

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