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From the Ted Talk by Baratunde Thurston: How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And I need to psuae the game to remind us of the stutrrcue. A subject takes an aitcon against a target engaged in some activity. "White Woman Calls Police On Black Real Estate Investor Inspecting His Own Property." "California Safeway Calls Cops On Black Woman Donating Food To The hlsoemes." "Gold Club Twice Calls Cops On Black Women For Playing Too Slow." In all these cesas, the subject is usually white, the target is usually baclk, and the activities are anything, from sitting in a scabtukrs to using the wrong type of bcbureae to napping to walking "agitated" on the way to work, which I just call "walking to work."

Open Cloze

And I need to _____ the game to remind us of the _________. A subject takes an ______ against a target engaged in some activity. "White Woman Calls Police On Black Real Estate Investor Inspecting His Own Property." "California Safeway Calls Cops On Black Woman Donating Food To The ________." "Gold Club Twice Calls Cops On Black Women For Playing Too Slow." In all these _____, the subject is usually white, the target is usually _____, and the activities are anything, from sitting in a _________ to using the wrong type of ________ to napping to walking "agitated" on the way to work, which I just call "walking to work."

Solution

  1. pause
  2. barbecue
  3. black
  4. cases
  5. homeless
  6. structure
  7. starbucks
  8. action

Original Text

And I need to pause the game to remind us of the structure. A subject takes an action against a target engaged in some activity. "White Woman Calls Police On Black Real Estate Investor Inspecting His Own Property." "California Safeway Calls Cops On Black Woman Donating Food To The Homeless." "Gold Club Twice Calls Cops On Black Women For Playing Too Slow." In all these cases, the subject is usually white, the target is usually black, and the activities are anything, from sitting in a Starbucks to using the wrong type of barbecue to napping to walking "agitated" on the way to work, which I just call "walking to work."

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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baratunde rafiq 2
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bbq becky 2
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target engaged 2
man calls 2
black oregon 2
oregon lawmaker 2
black real 2
real estate 2
black people 2
california safeway 2
white woman 2
damn business 2

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woman calls police 4
black woman donating 3
woman donating food 3
baratunde rafiq thurston 2
man calls police 2
black real estate 2

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collocation frequency
black woman donating food 3

Important Words

  1. action
  2. activities
  3. activity
  4. barbecue
  5. black
  6. call
  7. calls
  8. cases
  9. club
  10. cops
  11. donating
  12. engaged
  13. estate
  14. food
  15. game
  16. homeless
  17. inspecting
  18. investor
  19. napping
  20. pause
  21. playing
  22. police
  23. property
  24. real
  25. remind
  26. safeway
  27. sitting
  28. slow
  29. starbucks
  30. structure
  31. subject
  32. takes
  33. target
  34. type
  35. walking
  36. white
  37. woman
  38. women
  39. work
  40. wrong