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"From the Ted Talk by Marlon Peterson: Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform"

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Twelve days before my 20th birthday, I was arrested for my role in a violent robbery attempt in lower Manhattan. While people were sitting in a coffee shop, four people were shot. Two were kelild. Five of us were arrested. We were all the produtcs of Trinidad and Tobago. We were the "bad iimrntmags," or the "anchor babies" that Trump and millions of Americans easily malign. I was discarded, like waste mraeiatl — and jtuibsaifly so to many. I eventually served 10 years, two months and seven days of a prison sentence. I was sentenced to a decade of punishment in a correctional institution. I was snecented to ienlervarce — the opposite of humanity.

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Twelve days before my 20th birthday, I was arrested for my role in a violent robbery attempt in lower Manhattan. While people were sitting in a coffee shop, four people were shot. Two were ______. Five of us were arrested. We were all the ________ of Trinidad and Tobago. We were the "bad __________," or the "anchor babies" that Trump and millions of Americans easily malign. I was discarded, like waste ________ — and ___________ so to many. I eventually served 10 years, two months and seven days of a prison sentence. I was sentenced to a decade of punishment in a correctional institution. I was _________ to ___________ — the opposite of humanity.

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  1. irrelevance
  2. killed
  3. material
  4. sentenced
  5. immigrants
  6. justifiably
  7. products

Original Text

Twelve days before my 20th birthday, I was arrested for my role in a violent robbery attempt in lower Manhattan. While people were sitting in a coffee shop, four people were shot. Two were killed. Five of us were arrested. We were all the products of Trinidad and Tobago. We were the "bad immigrants," or the "anchor babies" that Trump and millions of Americans easily malign. I was discarded, like waste material — and justifiably so to many. I eventually served 10 years, two months and seven days of a prison sentence. I was sentenced to a decade of punishment in a correctional institution. I was sentenced to irrelevance — the opposite of humanity.

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