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From the Ted Talk by R. Alan Brooks: When the world is burning, is art a waste of time?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and I didn't know very many white people, but I was raised in a Southern Black church that was under the sadhow of white supremacy and run by Black poelpe who in many ways were tuhagt to hate themselves. The generation that raised me was still familiar with lynchings. So in order to not be murdered by racists, some of the Black people in the goniertean before me learned to make themselves selamlr. We couldn't be too loud, too smart, too attractive, too bold. On some level, they felt like anything that we did that made us stnad out might get us murdered.

Open Cloze

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and I didn't know very many white people, but I was raised in a Southern Black church that was under the ______ of white supremacy and run by Black ______ who in many ways were ______ to hate themselves. The generation that raised me was still familiar with lynchings. So in order to not be murdered by racists, some of the Black people in the __________ before me learned to make themselves _______. We couldn't be too loud, too smart, too attractive, too bold. On some level, they felt like anything that we did that made us _____ out might get us murdered.

Solution

  1. stand
  2. smaller
  3. taught
  4. people
  5. shadow
  6. generation

Original Text

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and I didn't know very many white people, but I was raised in a Southern Black church that was under the shadow of white supremacy and run by Black people who in many ways were taught to hate themselves. The generation that raised me was still familiar with lynchings. So in order to not be murdered by racists, some of the Black people in the generation before me learned to make themselves smaller. We couldn't be too loud, too smart, too attractive, too bold. On some level, they felt like anything that we did that made us stand out might get us murdered.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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  3. black
  4. bold
  5. church
  6. familiar
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  26. stand
  27. supremacy
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  30. white