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During this time,his efforts to bring ___ racial justice won him the support of both blacks and whites. (A) up (B) about

Why is the answer not (B)?

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    Definitely should be (B). – Phil Sweet Sep 5 '18 at 0:43
  • To 'bring up racial justice' would mean to 'talk about it when it was a forbidden topic;' but not necessarily to make things better. 'Efforts to bring about racial justice' is the obvious choice, if that was his aim. – Hugh Sep 5 '18 at 1:05
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    Either answer is could be correct without any context. – Jason Bassford Sep 5 '18 at 2:44
  • Thanks for all your help. I will check out the answer again and discuss with my teacher. – Chang yo Sep 5 '18 at 10:52
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The correct answer depends entirely on context. Consider this:

The young senator debated the older, more conservative politicians for several hours. During this time, his efforts to bring up racial justice won him the support of both blacks and whites.

In this case, the phrase bring up means to raise (a subject) for discussion; mention (from Dictionary.com). As an alternative, consider this:

Having given up on the conservative politicians, the young senator fought hard for civil rights in congress. During this time, his efforts to bring about racial justice won him the support of both blacks and whites.

Here the phrase bring about means to cause to occur or exist.

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