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From the Ted Talk by Safwat Saleem: Why I keep speaking up, even when people mock my accent

Unscramble the Blue Letters

But what is naroml, anyway? We know that reviewers will find more spelling errors in your wtiinrg if they think you're black. We know that professors are less likely to help female or minority students. And we know that rumeses with white-sounding nmaes get more callbacks than resumes with black-sounding names. Why is that? Because of our enptcxtioaes of what is normal. We think it is normal when a black student has spelling errors. We think it is normal when a female or minority student does not sceuced. And we think it is normal that a white employee is a better hire than a black employee. But studies also show that discrimination of this kind, in most cases, is spmliy favoritism, and it results more from wanting to help people that you can relate to than the desire to harm people that you can't relate to.

Open Cloze

But what is ______, anyway? We know that reviewers will find more spelling errors in your _______ if they think you're black. We know that professors are less likely to help female or minority students. And we know that _______ with white-sounding _____ get more callbacks than resumes with black-sounding names. Why is that? Because of our ____________ of what is normal. We think it is normal when a black student has spelling errors. We think it is normal when a female or minority student does not _______. And we think it is normal that a white employee is a better hire than a black employee. But studies also show that discrimination of this kind, in most cases, is ______ favoritism, and it results more from wanting to help people that you can relate to than the desire to harm people that you can't relate to.

Solution

  1. simply
  2. succeed
  3. expectations
  4. normal
  5. resumes
  6. writing
  7. names

Original Text

But what is normal, anyway? We know that reviewers will find more spelling errors in your writing if they think you're black. We know that professors are less likely to help female or minority students. And we know that resumes with white-sounding names get more callbacks than resumes with black-sounding names. Why is that? Because of our expectations of what is normal. We think it is normal when a black student has spelling errors. We think it is normal when a female or minority student does not succeed. And we think it is normal that a white employee is a better hire than a black employee. But studies also show that discrimination of this kind, in most cases, is simply favoritism, and it results more from wanting to help people that you can relate to than the desire to harm people that you can't relate to.

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Important Words

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  31. wanting
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