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Unformatted text preview: rs. The structural racism perspective seems like a huge challenge to current ways of working on equity and justice. Can we really expect community builders, social policymakers, and their colleagues to adopt this perspective? A structural racism framework does challenge many mainstream approaches to poverty. And to community builders already overwhelmed by multiple programmatic and operational challenges, deliberate incorporation of broad structural racial factors into the work is indeed daunting. Yet, we can see how structural racism undermines the success of community builders and others working to reduce poverty. Raising the profile and centrality of racial equity, though difficult at times, is not a choice: it is a requirement in order for us, as a nation, to be able to make significant improvements in the quality of life of children, families, and communities. Though it can seem immense, the structural racism framework offers community builders and social justice activists a way to move fo...
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