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"From the Ted Talk by Vernā Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them"

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I was on a long road trip this summer, and I was having a wonderful time listening to the amazing Isabel Wilkerson's "The Warmth of Other Suns." It documents six million black folks fleeing the sutoh from 1915 to 1970 looking for a respite from all the butrtliay and trying to get to a better opportunity up North, and it was filled with stories of the resilience and the bliaiclnre of African-Americans, and it was also really hard to hear all the stories of the horrors and the humility, and all the humiliations. It was especially hard to hear about the beatings and the burnings and the lynchings of balck men. And I said, "You know, this is a little deep. I need a braek. I'm going to turn on the radio." I tnrued it on, and there it was: Ferguson, Missouri, Michael bworn, 18-year-old black man, unarmed, shot by a white police officer, laid on the ground dead, blood ruinnng for four hours while his grandmother and little children and his nghoibers watched in hroorr, and I thought, here it is again. This violence, this brutality against black men has been going on for centuries. I mean, it's the same story. It's just different names. It could have been Amadou dllaio. It could have been Sean Bell. It could have been Oscar Grant. It could have been Trayvon Martin.

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I was on a long road trip this summer, and I was having a wonderful time listening to the amazing Isabel Wilkerson's "The Warmth of Other Suns." It documents six million black folks fleeing the _____ from 1915 to 1970 looking for a respite from all the _________ and trying to get to a better opportunity up North, and it was filled with stories of the resilience and the __________ of African-Americans, and it was also really hard to hear all the stories of the horrors and the humility, and all the humiliations. It was especially hard to hear about the beatings and the burnings and the lynchings of _____ men. And I said, "You know, this is a little deep. I need a _____. I'm going to turn on the radio." I ______ it on, and there it was: Ferguson, Missouri, Michael _____, 18-year-old black man, unarmed, shot by a white police officer, laid on the ground dead, blood _______ for four hours while his grandmother and little children and his _________ watched in ______, and I thought, here it is again. This violence, this brutality against black men has been going on for centuries. I mean, it's the same story. It's just different names. It could have been Amadou ______. It could have been Sean Bell. It could have been Oscar Grant. It could have been Trayvon Martin.

Solution

  1. neighbors
  2. brown
  3. brutality
  4. horror
  5. turned
  6. brilliance
  7. break
  8. running
  9. diallo
  10. black
  11. south

Original Text

I was on a long road trip this summer, and I was having a wonderful time listening to the amazing Isabel Wilkerson's "The Warmth of Other Suns." It documents six million black folks fleeing the South from 1915 to 1970 looking for a respite from all the brutality and trying to get to a better opportunity up North, and it was filled with stories of the resilience and the brilliance of African-Americans, and it was also really hard to hear all the stories of the horrors and the humility, and all the humiliations. It was especially hard to hear about the beatings and the burnings and the lynchings of black men. And I said, "You know, this is a little deep. I need a break. I'm going to turn on the radio." I turned it on, and there it was: Ferguson, Missouri, Michael Brown, 18-year-old black man, unarmed, shot by a white police officer, laid on the ground dead, blood running for four hours while his grandmother and little children and his neighbors watched in horror, and I thought, here it is again. This violence, this brutality against black men has been going on for centuries. I mean, it's the same story. It's just different names. It could have been Amadou Diallo. It could have been Sean Bell. It could have been Oscar Grant. It could have been Trayvon Martin.

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