European immigrants to nineteenth century america

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Unformatted text preview: lower end of the privilege scale perceive themselves, or how they behave, is less significant to their racial privilege status than broadly held perceptions about them. European immigrants to nineteenth-century America could not “become white” by simply adopting the mainstream habits and declaring themselves its members. They had to be allowed access into occupational, educational, residential, and other settings that had previously excluded them. In other words, racial and ethnic group position reflects the dominant group’s exclusionary or inclusionary exercise of political, economic, and cultural power. 11 The structural racism lens allows us to see more clearly how our nation’s core values—and the public policies and institutional practices that are built on them—perpetuate social stratifications and outcomes that all too often reflect racial group sorting rather than individual merit and effort. The structural racism lens allows us to see and understand: e the racial legacy of our past; e how racism persists in our national policies, institutional practices, and cultural re...
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