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From the Ted Talk by John Biewen: The lie that invented racism

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I've been tkniihng about that a lot the last few years, and I know I have company. Look, I get it — people of color have been asking that question for centuries. But I think a growing number of white folks are too, given what's been going on out there in our country. And notice I said, "What's up with us white people?" because right now, I'm not tailkng about those white people, the ones with the swastikas and the hodos and the tiki torches. They are a problem and a threat. They perpetrate most of the terrorism in our country, as you all in chsrlolivtalete know better than most. But I'm talking about something beiggr and more pervasive. I'm talking about all of us, wtihe fklos writ large. And maybe, especially, people sort of like me, self-described progressive, don't want to be racist. Good white people.

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I've been ________ about that a lot the last few years, and I know I have company. Look, I get it — people of color have been asking that question for centuries. But I think a growing number of white folks are too, given what's been going on out there in our country. And notice I said, "What's up with us white people?" because right now, I'm not _______ about those white people, the ones with the swastikas and the _____ and the tiki torches. They are a problem and a threat. They perpetrate most of the terrorism in our country, as you all in _______________ know better than most. But I'm talking about something ______ and more pervasive. I'm talking about all of us, _____ _____ writ large. And maybe, especially, people sort of like me, self-described progressive, don't want to be racist. Good white people.

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  2. bigger
  3. thinking
  4. folks
  5. hoods
  6. white
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Original Text

I've been thinking about that a lot the last few years, and I know I have company. Look, I get it — people of color have been asking that question for centuries. But I think a growing number of white folks are too, given what's been going on out there in our country. And notice I said, "What's up with us white people?" because right now, I'm not talking about those white people, the ones with the swastikas and the hoods and the tiki torches. They are a problem and a threat. They perpetrate most of the terrorism in our country, as you all in Charlottesville know better than most. But I'm talking about something bigger and more pervasive. I'm talking about all of us, white folks writ large. And maybe, especially, people sort of like me, self-described progressive, don't want to be racist. Good white people.

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