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From the Ted Talk by Özlem Cekic: Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mail

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Sometimes hateful letters were also sent to my home address. The more I became involved in public debate, the more hate mail and tehrats I received. After a while, I got a sreect address and I had to take extra precautions to petcrot my family. Then in 2010, a Nazi began to harass me. It was a man who had attacked Muslim women on the street. Over time, it became much worse. I was at the zoo with my chldiren, and the phone was ringing constantly. It was the Nazi. I had the impression that he was clsoe. We hdeead home. When we got back, my son asked, "Why does he hate you so much, Mom, when he doesn't even know you?" "Some people are just stupid," I said. And at the time, I actually thought that was a pttrey clever answer. And I suspect that that is the answer most of us would give. The others — they are stupid, baiaewhnsrd, ignorant. We are the good guys and they are the bad guys, peoird.

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Sometimes hateful letters were also sent to my home address. The more I became involved in public debate, the more hate mail and _______ I received. After a while, I got a ______ address and I had to take extra precautions to _______ my family. Then in 2010, a Nazi began to harass me. It was a man who had attacked Muslim women on the street. Over time, it became much worse. I was at the zoo with my ________, and the phone was ringing constantly. It was the Nazi. I had the impression that he was _____. We ______ home. When we got back, my son asked, "Why does he hate you so much, Mom, when he doesn't even know you?" "Some people are just stupid," I said. And at the time, I actually thought that was a ______ clever answer. And I suspect that that is the answer most of us would give. The others — they are stupid, ___________, ignorant. We are the good guys and they are the bad guys, ______.

Solution

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  2. pretty
  3. protect
  4. brainwashed
  5. close
  6. headed
  7. secret
  8. period
  9. children

Original Text

Sometimes hateful letters were also sent to my home address. The more I became involved in public debate, the more hate mail and threats I received. After a while, I got a secret address and I had to take extra precautions to protect my family. Then in 2010, a Nazi began to harass me. It was a man who had attacked Muslim women on the street. Over time, it became much worse. I was at the zoo with my children, and the phone was ringing constantly. It was the Nazi. I had the impression that he was close. We headed home. When we got back, my son asked, "Why does he hate you so much, Mom, when he doesn't even know you?" "Some people are just stupid," I said. And at the time, I actually thought that was a pretty clever answer. And I suspect that that is the answer most of us would give. The others — they are stupid, brainwashed, ignorant. We are the good guys and they are the bad guys, period.

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