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From the Ted Talk by Clint Smith: "Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class"

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I'm cnlit Smith and this is "Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class." You, it seems, are the manifestation of several lifetimes of toil. bworn v. Board in flesh. Most days the classroom feels like an antechamber. You are deemed erxept on all things mrrosion, King, Malcolm, Rosa. Hell, weren’t you sitting on that bus, too? You are every- body’s best friend until you are not. Hip-hop lyricologist. Presumed athlete. Free & Reduced sdihosew. Exception and ctricruaae. Too balck and too white all at once. If you are successful it is because of amftvrfiaie action. If you fail it is because you were destined to. You are invisible until they turn on the Friday night lights. Here you are star before they render you asteroid. Before they watch you turn to dust.

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I'm _____ Smith and this is "Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class." You, it seems, are the manifestation of several lifetimes of toil. _____ v. Board in flesh. Most days the classroom feels like an antechamber. You are deemed ______ on all things ________, King, Malcolm, Rosa. Hell, weren’t you sitting on that bus, too? You are every- body’s best friend until you are not. Hip-hop lyricologist. Presumed athlete. Free & Reduced ________. Exception and __________. Too _____ and too white all at once. If you are successful it is because of ___________ action. If you fail it is because you were destined to. You are invisible until they turn on the Friday night lights. Here you are star before they render you asteroid. Before they watch you turn to dust.

Solution

  1. black
  2. sideshow
  3. caricature
  4. brown
  5. affirmative
  6. morrison
  7. clint
  8. expert

Original Text

I'm Clint Smith and this is "Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class." You, it seems, are the manifestation of several lifetimes of toil. Brown v. Board in flesh. Most days the classroom feels like an antechamber. You are deemed expert on all things Morrison, King, Malcolm, Rosa. Hell, weren’t you sitting on that bus, too? You are every- body’s best friend until you are not. Hip-hop lyricologist. Presumed athlete. Free & Reduced sideshow. Exception and caricature. Too black and too white all at once. If you are successful it is because of affirmative action. If you fail it is because you were destined to. You are invisible until they turn on the Friday night lights. Here you are star before they render you asteroid. Before they watch you turn to dust.

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Important Words

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  2. affirmative
  3. antechamber
  4. asteroid
  5. athlete
  6. black
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  11. class
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  13. clint
  14. days
  15. deemed
  16. destined
  17. dust
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  19. expert
  20. fail
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  22. flesh
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  24. friday
  25. friend
  26. hell
  27. invisible
  28. kid
  29. king
  30. lifetimes
  31. lights
  32. lyricologist
  33. malcolm
  34. manifestation
  35. morrison
  36. night
  37. presumed
  38. reduced
  39. render
  40. rosa
  41. sideshow
  42. sitting
  43. smith
  44. star
  45. successful
  46. toil
  47. turn
  48. watch
  49. white