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Unformatted text preview: g Marable, The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life. (New York: BasicCivitas Books, 2002), 22. 8 through the civil rights era to today. Racism in twenty-first century America is harder to see than its previous incarnations because the most overt and legally sanctioned forms of racial discrimination have been eliminated. Nonetheless, subtler racialized patterns in policies and practices permeate the political, economic, and sociocultural structures of America in ways that generate differences in well-being between people of color and whites. These dynamics work to maintain the existing racial hierarchy even as they adapt with the times or accommodate new racial and ethnic groups. This contemporary manifestation of racism in America can be called “structural racism.” 9 W HITENESS IS THE “DEFAULT SETTING” FOR RACE IN AMERICA. STRUCTURAL RACISM any of the contours of opportunity for individuals and groups in the United States are defined—or “structured”—by race and racism. The term structural racism refers to a system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural repres...
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