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

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Now I know there are people out there who will say that the election of Barack Obama meant that it was the end of racial distimoraicnin for all entirety, right? But I work in the investment business, and we have a saying: The numbers do not lie. And here, there are sfgaiiinnct, quantifiable racial disparities that cannot be ignored, in household wealth, household income, job opportunities, healthcare. One example from corporate America: Even though white men make up just 30 percent of the U.S. population, they hold 70 percent of all corporate baord setas. Of the Fortune 250, there are only seven CEOs that are minorities, and of the thousands of publicly traded companies today, thousands, only two are chaired by black women, and you're looking at one of them, the same one who, not too long ago, was nearly mistaken for kitchen help. So that is a fact. Now I have this thought experiment that I play with myself, when I say, imagine if I walked you into a room and it was of a major corporation, like ExxonMobil, and every sgline person around the boardroom were black, you would think that were wired. But if I walked you into a frntuoe 500 cpaomny, and everyone around the tblae is a white male, when will it be that we think that's weird too?

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Now I know there are people out there who will say that the election of Barack Obama meant that it was the end of racial ______________ for all ________, right? But I work in the investment business, and we have a saying: The numbers do not lie. And here, there are ___________, quantifiable racial disparities that cannot be ignored, in household wealth, household income, job opportunities, healthcare. One example from corporate America: Even though white men make up just 30 percent of the U.S. population, they hold 70 percent of all corporate _____ _____. Of the Fortune 250, there are only seven CEOs that are minorities, and of the thousands of publicly traded companies today, thousands, only two are chaired by black women, and you're looking at one of them, the same one who, not too long ago, was nearly mistaken for kitchen help. So that is a fact. Now I have this thought experiment that I play with myself, when I say, imagine if I walked you into a room and it was of a major corporation, like ExxonMobil, and every ______ person around the boardroom were black, you would think that were _____. But if I walked you into a _______ 500 _______, and everyone around the _____ is a white male, when will it be that we think that's weird too?

Solution

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  2. seats
  3. company
  4. fortune
  5. board
  6. single
  7. weird
  8. discrimination
  9. significant
  10. table

Original Text

Now I know there are people out there who will say that the election of Barack Obama meant that it was the end of racial discrimination for all eternity, right? But I work in the investment business, and we have a saying: The numbers do not lie. And here, there are significant, quantifiable racial disparities that cannot be ignored, in household wealth, household income, job opportunities, healthcare. One example from corporate America: Even though white men make up just 30 percent of the U.S. population, they hold 70 percent of all corporate board seats. Of the Fortune 250, there are only seven CEOs that are minorities, and of the thousands of publicly traded companies today, thousands, only two are chaired by black women, and you're looking at one of them, the same one who, not too long ago, was nearly mistaken for kitchen help. So that is a fact. Now I have this thought experiment that I play with myself, when I say, imagine if I walked you into a room and it was of a major corporation, like ExxonMobil, and every single person around the boardroom were black, you would think that were weird. But if I walked you into a Fortune 500 company, and everyone around the table is a white male, when will it be that we think that's weird too?

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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