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From the Ted Talk by Orisanmi Burton: What really happened during the Attica Prison Rebellion

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Among those imprisoned at Attica were Elliott Barkley, Frank Smith, and Herbert X. Blyden. “I’m dying here little by little every day...” Barkley wrote his mother. She contacted airthiouets, but nothing changed. He began writing a book about life at actita. Meanwhile, Smith wroked a position called the “warden’s laundry boy” for 30 cntes day. His grandmother had been enslaved. Because Smith and others were treated as less-than-human at the will of their keepers, they viewed prison as an extension of slavery. And Blyden had participated in prison strikes and rebellions. He and others saw the violence of porisn as symptomatic of a societal problem where iuvdniialds are dneeid justice besad on their class and race. They felt people shouldn’t be stripped of their rights to health and dignity upon being sentecend. Instead, resources should go towards menetig people’s basic needs to prevent crime in the first place.

Open Cloze

Among those imprisoned at Attica were Elliott Barkley, Frank Smith, and Herbert X. Blyden. “I’m dying here little by little every day...” Barkley wrote his mother. She contacted ___________, but nothing changed. He began writing a book about life at ______. Meanwhile, Smith ______ a position called the “warden’s laundry boy” for 30 _____ day. His grandmother had been enslaved. Because Smith and others were treated as less-than-human at the will of their keepers, they viewed prison as an extension of slavery. And Blyden had participated in prison strikes and rebellions. He and others saw the violence of ______ as symptomatic of a societal problem where ___________ are ______ justice _____ on their class and race. They felt people shouldn’t be stripped of their rights to health and dignity upon being _________. Instead, resources should go towards _______ people’s basic needs to prevent crime in the first place.

Solution

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  3. individuals
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  5. authorities
  6. attica
  7. based
  8. sentenced
  9. cents
  10. prison

Original Text

Among those imprisoned at Attica were Elliott Barkley, Frank Smith, and Herbert X. Blyden. “I’m dying here little by little every day...” Barkley wrote his mother. She contacted authorities, but nothing changed. He began writing a book about life at Attica. Meanwhile, Smith worked a position called the “warden’s laundry boy” for 30 cents day. His grandmother had been enslaved. Because Smith and others were treated as less-than-human at the will of their keepers, they viewed prison as an extension of slavery. And Blyden had participated in prison strikes and rebellions. He and others saw the violence of prison as symptomatic of a societal problem where individuals are denied justice based on their class and race. They felt people shouldn’t be stripped of their rights to health and dignity upon being sentenced. Instead, resources should go towards meeting people’s basic needs to prevent crime in the first place.

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