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From the Ted Talk by Ibram X. Kendi: The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist

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IXK: Sure. And so I mentioned in my talk that the heartbeat of racism is denial, and really the heartbeat of anti-racism is confession, is the recognition that to grow up in this society is to literally at some point in our lives probably inznlarteie ideas that are rsaict, ideas that suggest certain racial groups are better or wosre than others, and because we believe in racial hierarchy, because Americans have been stteaslyamlciy tahgut that black people are more dangerous, that black people are more criminal-like, when we live in a society where black people are 40 percent of the national incarcerated pitlopoaun, that's going to seem normal to people. When we live in a society in a city like Minneapolis where black people are 20 percent of the population but more than 60 percent of the plpoee being subjected to police shootings, it's going to seem normal. And so to be anti-racist is to believe that there's nothing wrnog or inferior about black people or any other racial group. There's nothing dangerous about baclk people or any other racial gruop. And so when we see these racial disparities all around us, we see them as abaonrml, and then we start to figure out, OK, what policies are behind so many black people being killed by police? What policies are behind so many Latinx people being disproportionately infected with COVID? How can I be a part of the struggle to uepnd those policies and replace them with more antiracist policies?

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IXK: Sure. And so I mentioned in my talk that the heartbeat of racism is denial, and really the heartbeat of anti-racism is confession, is the recognition that to grow up in this society is to literally at some point in our lives probably ___________ ideas that are ______, ideas that suggest certain racial groups are better or _____ than others, and because we believe in racial hierarchy, because Americans have been ______________ ______ that black people are more dangerous, that black people are more criminal-like, when we live in a society where black people are 40 percent of the national incarcerated __________, that's going to seem normal to people. When we live in a society in a city like Minneapolis where black people are 20 percent of the population but more than 60 percent of the ______ being subjected to police shootings, it's going to seem normal. And so to be anti-racist is to believe that there's nothing _____ or inferior about black people or any other racial group. There's nothing dangerous about _____ people or any other racial _____. And so when we see these racial disparities all around us, we see them as ________, and then we start to figure out, OK, what policies are behind so many black people being killed by police? What policies are behind so many Latinx people being disproportionately infected with COVID? How can I be a part of the struggle to _____ those policies and replace them with more antiracist policies?

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  2. internalize
  3. population
  4. black
  5. upend
  6. systematically
  7. racist
  8. taught
  9. people
  10. wrong
  11. abnormal
  12. group

Original Text

IXK: Sure. And so I mentioned in my talk that the heartbeat of racism is denial, and really the heartbeat of anti-racism is confession, is the recognition that to grow up in this society is to literally at some point in our lives probably internalize ideas that are racist, ideas that suggest certain racial groups are better or worse than others, and because we believe in racial hierarchy, because Americans have been systematically taught that black people are more dangerous, that black people are more criminal-like, when we live in a society where black people are 40 percent of the national incarcerated population, that's going to seem normal to people. When we live in a society in a city like Minneapolis where black people are 20 percent of the population but more than 60 percent of the people being subjected to police shootings, it's going to seem normal. And so to be anti-racist is to believe that there's nothing wrong or inferior about black people or any other racial group. There's nothing dangerous about black people or any other racial group. And so when we see these racial disparities all around us, we see them as abnormal, and then we start to figure out, OK, what policies are behind so many black people being killed by police? What policies are behind so many Latinx people being disproportionately infected with COVID? How can I be a part of the struggle to upend those policies and replace them with more antiracist policies?

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