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used in Black Like Me

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unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

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arranged (that something should happen)
  • Such men are offended to find Negroes suspicious of them, never realizing that the Negro cannot understand how—since as individuals they are decent and "good" to the colored—the whites as a group can still contrive to arrange life so that it destroys the Negro's sense of personal value, degrades his human dignity, deadens the fibers of his being.

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