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color who are wealthy or highly positioned in business, government, media, and other
sectors. The success stories of individuals of color seem to suggest that anyone, regardless
of race, can rise above poverty and disadvantage once they are prepared to work hard and
take responsibility for their own successes and failures.
The structural racism lens helps us to see that individual responsibility alone is no
substitute for the pathways of opportunity that only our political, economic, and
educational systems can provide. It highlights how our nation’s core values—and the
public policies and institutional practices that are built on them—perpetuate social
stratiﬁcations and outcomes that all too often reﬂect racial group sorting, rather than
individual merit and effort. The structural racism framework is not meant to excuse
individual responsibility; it only identiﬁes how much harder it is for people of color to
proﬁt in ways that most whites can take for granted.
What social outc...
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