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From the Ted Talk by Nate Silver: Does racism affect how you vote?

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So, when we think about parts of the country like Arkansas, you know. There is a book written claled, "What's the Matter with ksnaas?" But really the qotiseun here — Obama did relatively well in Kansas. He lost badly but every Democrat does. He lost no worse than most people do. But yeah, what's the matter with anksaars? (Laughter) And when we think of Arkansas we tend to have pretty negative connotations. We think of a bunch of rednecks, quote, unquote, with guns. And we think people like this probably don't want to vote for pelpoe who look like this and are named Barack Obama. We think it's a mtaetr of race. And is this fair? Are we kind of stigmatizing people from Arkansas, and this part of the country?

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So, when we think about parts of the country like Arkansas, you know. There is a book written ______, "What's the Matter with ______?" But really the ________ here — Obama did relatively well in Kansas. He lost badly but every Democrat does. He lost no worse than most people do. But yeah, what's the matter with ________? (Laughter) And when we think of Arkansas we tend to have pretty negative connotations. We think of a bunch of rednecks, quote, unquote, with guns. And we think people like this probably don't want to vote for ______ who look like this and are named Barack Obama. We think it's a ______ of race. And is this fair? Are we kind of stigmatizing people from Arkansas, and this part of the country?

Solution

  1. matter
  2. kansas
  3. question
  4. called
  5. arkansas
  6. people

Original Text

So, when we think about parts of the country like Arkansas, you know. There is a book written called, "What's the Matter with Kansas?" But really the question here — Obama did relatively well in Kansas. He lost badly but every Democrat does. He lost no worse than most people do. But yeah, what's the matter with Arkansas? (Laughter) And when we think of Arkansas we tend to have pretty negative connotations. We think of a bunch of rednecks, quote, unquote, with guns. And we think people like this probably don't want to vote for people who look like this and are named Barack Obama. We think it's a matter of race. And is this fair? Are we kind of stigmatizing people from Arkansas, and this part of the country?

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