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responsibility for racial equity is the willingness to acknowledge that the nation’s enduring
racial disparity patterns are inconsistent with its ideals, and thus are unacceptable. It is also
a willingness to challenge publicly and privately what may seem to be “normal” and “raceneutral” norms and values in our culture and political economy. Who gets to deﬁne what
we mean by equal opportunity, meritocracy, and individualism, and who is responsible for how
they play out in the real world? 26. Iris Young, “From Guilt to Solidarity: Sweatshops and Political Responsibility,” Dissent (spring 2003). 39 Understanding precisely where and how we ﬁt into a structural racism system requires
careful reﬂection. Demystifying the complex structures and arrangements that are a part
of our lives by locating ourselves in them is a critical ﬁrst step in assessing our capabilities.
We might start out by asking ourselves simple questions that focus on different levels of
intervention, such as the following:
e In what ways do we—as individuals—accept the notion of the inherent “fairness...
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