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Unformatted text preview: entations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate
racial group inequity. It identiﬁes dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed
privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure
and adapt over time. M The concept of structural racism may not immediately resonate with everyone in our
diverse society. Most Americans are proud of how far our nation has come on civil rights.
Moreover, when most of us think of racism in the United States, two images generally
come to mind. First, we see racism as a historical phenomenon, something that was part
of America’s past, especially slavery and Jim Crow segregation. Second, racism is often
understood as a dynamic between whites and African Americans. Few readily ﬁlter the
histories of Native Americans, Chinese, Latino and ethnic European immigrants through
a structural racism prism.
Structural racism, however, touches and implicates everyone in our society—whites,
blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans—because it is a system for allocating
social privilege. The lower end of the privilege scale...
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