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Unformatted text preview: an only be achieved if whites and Americans of color are equally likely
to have positive or negative experiences in employment, education, homeownership,
criminal justice, and all the other arenas that determine life outcomes in the United States. The structural racism analysis demonstrates that people of color are so disproportionately
harmed by racialized public policies, institutional practices, and cultural representations
that racial equity itself needs to be a priority objective for anyone committed to promoting
social, economic, and political justice. This means that racial equity should not be just one
of many elements of the analysis and one of many goals of the work but, rather, should be
located at the core, forming part of the mission statement and programmatic goals of all
who are active in the ﬁeld. 35 It is counterintuitive to consider that individuals, organizations, and initiatives dedicated
to improving outcomes for disadvantaged groups need to be encouraged to make racial
equity an explicit part of their work. After all, their target populations are often people and
communities of color. But analyses of the work of large segments of community building
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