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

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now Harold and I — (Applause) — we still laugh about that story, and in many ways, the moment caught me off guard, but deep, deep down inside, I actually wasn't surprised. And I wasn't surprised because of something my mother taught me about 30 years before. You see, my mother was rhsluletsy realistic. I remember one day coming home from a bhartdiy party where I was the only black kid invited, and instead of asking me the naorml motherly questions like, "Did you have fun?" or "How was the cake?" my mtheor looked at me and she said, "How did they treat you?" I was seven. I did not understand. I mean, why would anyone teart me differently? But she knew. And she looked me right in the eye and she said, "They will not always treat you well."

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Now Harold and I — (Applause) — we still laugh about that story, and in many ways, the moment caught me off guard, but deep, deep down inside, I actually wasn't surprised. And I wasn't surprised because of something my mother taught me about 30 years before. You see, my mother was __________ realistic. I remember one day coming home from a ________ party where I was the only black kid invited, and instead of asking me the ______ motherly questions like, "Did you have fun?" or "How was the cake?" my ______ looked at me and she said, "How did they treat you?" I was seven. I did not understand. I mean, why would anyone _____ me differently? But she knew. And she looked me right in the eye and she said, "They will not always treat you well."

Solution

  1. treat
  2. ruthlessly
  3. birthday
  4. mother
  5. normal

Original Text

Now Harold and I — (Applause) — we still laugh about that story, and in many ways, the moment caught me off guard, but deep, deep down inside, I actually wasn't surprised. And I wasn't surprised because of something my mother taught me about 30 years before. You see, my mother was ruthlessly realistic. I remember one day coming home from a birthday party where I was the only black kid invited, and instead of asking me the normal motherly questions like, "Did you have fun?" or "How was the cake?" my mother looked at me and she said, "How did they treat you?" I was seven. I did not understand. I mean, why would anyone treat me differently? But she knew. And she looked me right in the eye and she said, "They will not always treat you well."

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
color brave 4
dairy farmer 3
ruthlessly realistic 2
racial discrimination 2
corporate board 2
guy named 2
single day 2
brutal pragmatism 2
show courage 2

Important Words

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  2. birthday
  3. black
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  28. ruthlessly
  29. story
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  31. taught
  32. treat
  33. understand
  34. ways
  35. years