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Unformatted text preview: hite Americans. It grants them easier access to power and resources and provides them
better insulation from negative prejudgments based on physical features, language, and
other cultural factors than their nonwhite counterparts. For whites, whiteness is the
“default setting” for race in America; it is the assumed color of America. But because the
American mind-set is deeply invested with strong beliefs about opportunity, we tend to
overlook the built-in advantages that whites have in most competitive areas. 17 N AT I O N A L VA L U E S
he backdrop of core American values also sets the stage for our national consensus
on race. We take great pride in our national values of personal responsibility and
individualism, meritocracy, and equal opportunity, and we assume them to be race
neutral. We understand these values to have the following signiﬁcance: T “As a white person, I realized I had been
taught about racism as something that
puts others at a disadvantage, but had
been taught not to see one of its cor...
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