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From the Ted Talk by Alice Goffman: How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison

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I want you to imagine for a second what Chuck and Tim's lives would be like if they were lniivg in a neighborhood where kids were going to college, not prison. A neighborhood like the one I got to grow up in. Okay, you might say. But Chuck and Tim, kids like them, they're committing crimes! Don't they desvere to be in prison? Don't they deserve to be living in fear of arrest? Well, my aenwsr would be no. They don't. And certainly not for the same things that other yonug people with more privilege are doing with impunity. If Chuck had gone to my high school, that schoolyard fight would have eendd there, as a schoolyard fight. It never would have become an agtvageard assault case. Not a single kid that I went to college with has a criminal record right now. Not a single one. But can you imagine how many might have if the police had stopped those kids and searched their pockets for dugrs as they walked to class? Or had raided their frat parties in the mdlide of the night?

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I want you to imagine for a second what Chuck and Tim's lives would be like if they were ______ in a neighborhood where kids were going to college, not prison. A neighborhood like the one I got to grow up in. Okay, you might say. But Chuck and Tim, kids like them, they're committing crimes! Don't they _______ to be in prison? Don't they deserve to be living in fear of arrest? Well, my ______ would be no. They don't. And certainly not for the same things that other _____ people with more privilege are doing with impunity. If Chuck had gone to my high school, that schoolyard fight would have _____ there, as a schoolyard fight. It never would have become an __________ assault case. Not a single kid that I went to college with has a criminal record right now. Not a single one. But can you imagine how many might have if the police had stopped those kids and searched their pockets for _____ as they walked to class? Or had raided their frat parties in the ______ of the night?

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Original Text

I want you to imagine for a second what Chuck and Tim's lives would be like if they were living in a neighborhood where kids were going to college, not prison. A neighborhood like the one I got to grow up in. Okay, you might say. But Chuck and Tim, kids like them, they're committing crimes! Don't they deserve to be in prison? Don't they deserve to be living in fear of arrest? Well, my answer would be no. They don't. And certainly not for the same things that other young people with more privilege are doing with impunity. If Chuck had gone to my high school, that schoolyard fight would have ended there, as a schoolyard fight. It never would have become an aggravated assault case. Not a single kid that I went to college with has a criminal record right now. Not a single one. But can you imagine how many might have if the police had stopped those kids and searched their pockets for drugs as they walked to class? Or had raided their frat parties in the middle of the night?

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