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SOCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL DYNAMICS 23 P R O C E S S E S T H AT
M A I N TA I N R A C I A L H I E R A R C H I E S
ur history, national values, and culture are the backdrop for understanding
structural racism. But it is important to recognize that the racial status quo is
maintained in part because it adapts and changes over time. Racism in America
has its own particular dynamics that sometimes move us forward toward greater racial
equity, sometimes move us backward, and sometimes change the nature of the problem
itself. The two most important of these dynamics are “racial sorting” and “progress and
retrenchment.” O R ACIAL SORTING
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