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Unformatted text preview: ogress and retrenchment, which highlight how gains on some
issues can be undermined by forces operating in other spheres or by oppositional
e political, macroeconomic, regional, and other contextual factors that have enormous
inﬂuences on outcomes for children, families, and communities. The promise of this framework lies in its understanding of the embeddedness of modern
racism in the normal routines of our private and public lives. Racial hierarchy is
interwoven with the laissez-faire processes and mechanisms of twenty-ﬁrst century
America’s commerce, politics, and popular culture. Virtually all Americans, in some way,
accommodate to the realities of white privilege and operate within socioeconomic
templates that guarantee its continuation. Regardless of whose ancestors bear principal
liability for our inequitable social evolution to this point, we are now all so invested in the
norms and procedures of the status quo that it will not change without the dedicated
efforts of everyone—both its beneﬁciaries and victims.
To community builders, already hard-pressed by many funding and operational
challenges, this call to responsibility for racial equity should not be perc...
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