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"From the Ted Talk by Mellody Hobson: Color blind or color brave?"

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In the spirit of debunking racial stereotypes, the one that black people don't like to swim, I'm going to tell you how much I love to swim. I love to swim so much that as an adult, I swim with a coach. And one day my coach had me do a drill where I had to swim to one end of a 25-meter pool without taking a breath. And every slgine time I failed, I had to start over. And I failed a lot. By the end, I got it, but when I got out of the pool, I was exasperated and tired and annoyed, and I said, "Why are we doing breath-holding exercises?" And my coach lekood me at me, and he said, "Mellody, that was not a breath-holding exercise. That dirll was to make you cfatboorlme being uncomfortable, because that's how most of us spned our days." If we can leran to deal with our dciosfmrot, and just relax into it, we'll have a better life.

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In the spirit of debunking racial stereotypes, the one that black people don't like to swim, I'm going to tell you how much I love to swim. I love to swim so much that as an adult, I swim with a coach. And one day my coach had me do a drill where I had to swim to one end of a 25-meter pool without taking a breath. And every ______ time I failed, I had to start over. And I failed a lot. By the end, I got it, but when I got out of the pool, I was exasperated and tired and annoyed, and I said, "Why are we doing breath-holding exercises?" And my coach ______ me at me, and he said, "Mellody, that was not a breath-holding exercise. That _____ was to make you ___________ being uncomfortable, because that's how most of us _____ our days." If we can _____ to deal with our __________, and just relax into it, we'll have a better life.

Solution

  1. single
  2. looked
  3. drill
  4. spend
  5. comfortable
  6. learn
  7. discomfort

Original Text

In the spirit of debunking racial stereotypes, the one that black people don't like to swim, I'm going to tell you how much I love to swim. I love to swim so much that as an adult, I swim with a coach. And one day my coach had me do a drill where I had to swim to one end of a 25-meter pool without taking a breath. And every single time I failed, I had to start over. And I failed a lot. By the end, I got it, but when I got out of the pool, I was exasperated and tired and annoyed, and I said, "Why are we doing breath-holding exercises?" And my coach looked me at me, and he said, "Mellody, that was not a breath-holding exercise. That drill was to make you comfortable being uncomfortable, because that's how most of us spend our days." If we can learn to deal with our discomfort, and just relax into it, we'll have a better life.

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color brave 5
racial discrimination 3
color blindness 3
dairy farmer 3

Important Words

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  6. comfortable
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  12. drill
  13. exasperated
  14. exercise
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  16. failed
  17. learn
  18. life
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  21. love
  22. people
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  24. racial
  25. relax
  26. single
  27. spend
  28. spirit
  29. start
  30. stereotypes
  31. swim
  32. time
  33. tired
  34. uncomfortable