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"From the Ted Talk by Brittney Cooper: The racial politics of time"

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I know, I know. maknig such "incendiary statements" makes us uncomfortable: Haven't we moved past the point where race really mtraets? Isn't race a heavy-handed concept? Shouldn't we go ahead with our enlightened, progressive selves and relegate useless concepts like race to the dustbins of history? How will we ever get over racism if we keep on tnilakg about race? Perhaps we should lock up our concepts of race in a time clauspe, bury them and dig them up in a thousand years, peer at them with the clearly more eginnlheetd, rsecales versions of ourselves that belong to the future. But you see there, that desire to mitigate the impact of race and racism shows up in how we attempt to mganae time, in the ways we narrate hstiroy, in the ways we attempt to shove the negative truths of the present into the past, in the ways we attempt to argue that the future that we hope for is the present in which we're currently living.

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I know, I know. ______ such "incendiary statements" makes us uncomfortable: Haven't we moved past the point where race really _______? Isn't race a heavy-handed concept? Shouldn't we go ahead with our enlightened, progressive selves and relegate useless concepts like race to the dustbins of history? How will we ever get over racism if we keep on _______ about race? Perhaps we should lock up our concepts of race in a time _______, bury them and dig them up in a thousand years, peer at them with the clearly more ___________, ________ versions of ourselves that belong to the future. But you see there, that desire to mitigate the impact of race and racism shows up in how we attempt to ______ time, in the ways we narrate _______, in the ways we attempt to shove the negative truths of the present into the past, in the ways we attempt to argue that the future that we hope for is the present in which we're currently living.

Solution

  1. raceless
  2. talking
  3. manage
  4. matters
  5. capsule
  6. making
  7. enlightened
  8. history

Original Text

I know, I know. Making such "incendiary statements" makes us uncomfortable: Haven't we moved past the point where race really matters? Isn't race a heavy-handed concept? Shouldn't we go ahead with our enlightened, progressive selves and relegate useless concepts like race to the dustbins of history? How will we ever get over racism if we keep on talking about race? Perhaps we should lock up our concepts of race in a time capsule, bury them and dig them up in a thousand years, peer at them with the clearly more enlightened, raceless versions of ourselves that belong to the future. But you see there, that desire to mitigate the impact of race and racism shows up in how we attempt to manage time, in the ways we narrate history, in the ways we attempt to shove the negative truths of the present into the past, in the ways we attempt to argue that the future that we hope for is the present in which we're currently living.

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space takers 3
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