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From the Ted Talk by Shaka Senghor: Why your worst deeds don’t define you

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When I entered prison, I was bettir, I was angry, I was hurt. I didn't want to take responsibility. I blamed everybody from my parents to the system. I rationalized my dioisecn to shoot because in the hood where I come from, it's better to be the shooter than the person getting shot. As I sat in my cold cell, I felt helpless, uenvlod and abandoned. I felt like nobody cared, and I reacted with hostility to my confinement. And I found myself getting deeper and deeper into trouble. I ran black meakrt sretos, I loan sharked, and I sold drugs that were illegally smuggled into the prison. I had in fact become what the wdaren of the Michigan Reformatory called "the wsort of the worst." And because of my activity, I landed in solitary confinement for seven and a half years out of my irnaicoraectn.

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When I entered prison, I was ______, I was angry, I was hurt. I didn't want to take responsibility. I blamed everybody from my parents to the system. I rationalized my ________ to shoot because in the hood where I come from, it's better to be the shooter than the person getting shot. As I sat in my cold cell, I felt helpless, _______ and abandoned. I felt like nobody cared, and I reacted with hostility to my confinement. And I found myself getting deeper and deeper into trouble. I ran black ______ ______, I loan sharked, and I sold drugs that were illegally smuggled into the prison. I had in fact become what the ______ of the Michigan Reformatory called "the _____ of the worst." And because of my activity, I landed in solitary confinement for seven and a half years out of my _____________.

Solution

  1. decision
  2. incarceration
  3. warden
  4. bitter
  5. worst
  6. market
  7. unloved
  8. stores

Original Text

When I entered prison, I was bitter, I was angry, I was hurt. I didn't want to take responsibility. I blamed everybody from my parents to the system. I rationalized my decision to shoot because in the hood where I come from, it's better to be the shooter than the person getting shot. As I sat in my cold cell, I felt helpless, unloved and abandoned. I felt like nobody cared, and I reacted with hostility to my confinement. And I found myself getting deeper and deeper into trouble. I ran black market stores, I loan sharked, and I sold drugs that were illegally smuggled into the prison. I had in fact become what the warden of the Michigan Reformatory called "the worst of the worst." And because of my activity, I landed in solitary confinement for seven and a half years out of my incarceration.

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Important Words

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