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From the Ted Talk by Shari Davis: What if you could help decide how the government spends public funds?

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Seventeen years ago, I welakd through city hall for the first time as a staff member. And that walk revealed something to me. I was a unicorn. There weren't many people who looked like me that worked in the building. And yet, there were fkols committed to asrsdindeg hundreds of yaers of systemic inequity that left some behind and many ignored. Where there was promise, there was a huge problem. You see, democracy, as it was originally designed, had a fatal flaw. It only laid pipeline for rich white men to progress. And now, if you're a smart rich white man, you understand why I say that's a problem. Massive teanlt has been left off the fleid. Our moral imaginations have grown anemic. Our highest offices are plagued by corruption. We're on the brink of a sort of aiphtteac aoslcayppe, and it's not OK.

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Seventeen years ago, I ______ through city hall for the first time as a staff member. And that walk revealed something to me. I was a unicorn. There weren't many people who looked like me that worked in the building. And yet, there were _____ committed to __________ hundreds of _____ of systemic inequity that left some behind and many ignored. Where there was promise, there was a huge problem. You see, democracy, as it was originally designed, had a fatal flaw. It only laid pipeline for rich white men to progress. And now, if you're a smart rich white man, you understand why I say that's a problem. Massive ______ has been left off the _____. Our moral imaginations have grown anemic. Our highest offices are plagued by corruption. We're on the brink of a sort of _________ __________, and it's not OK.

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Original Text

Seventeen years ago, I walked through city hall for the first time as a staff member. And that walk revealed something to me. I was a unicorn. There weren't many people who looked like me that worked in the building. And yet, there were folks committed to addressing hundreds of years of systemic inequity that left some behind and many ignored. Where there was promise, there was a huge problem. You see, democracy, as it was originally designed, had a fatal flaw. It only laid pipeline for rich white men to progress. And now, if you're a smart rich white man, you understand why I say that's a problem. Massive talent has been left off the field. Our moral imaginations have grown anemic. Our highest offices are plagued by corruption. We're on the brink of a sort of apathetic apocalypse, and it's not OK.

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