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Understanding Structural Racialization

By john a. powell

A structural racialization analysis goes beyond examining persistent racial disparities or marginalization along socioeconomic status, class or racial lines, and the structures that repeat them. It goes beyond finding intent—proof of racism—before challenging structures and systems with unjust results. To understand structural racialization, examine the relationship between where one lives and how that affects one’s education and job opportunities, as well as other quality-of-life factors. Move past linear and isolated ideas of cause and effect and understand that everything is a cause and an effect. Only then can we transform our society to a radically inclusive one.

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