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Unformatted text preview: ce neutral but have racially disproportionate consequences.
The structural racism framework takes a step back from institutional racism, and
recognizes the racialized cultural and historical context in which institutions and
individuals are unavoidably embedded.
The structural racism framework also points out that there is national “common sense”
about race—a widely shared set of beliefs and stereotypes—that is revealed in surveys of
attitudes about racial groups and in cultural norms. For instance, there are the pervasive
assumptions that African Americans are lazy, violence-prone, and disinterested in family
formation. Beliefs like these are sustained by many aspects of our information, political,
and entertainment cultures. They add up to a racialized “frame” or way of looking at the
world that allows us, as a nation, to accept the fact that blacks make up 46 percent of the
prison population as normal rather than as a national emergency.
Structural racism sounds like it suggests that individuals...
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