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Tearing Down Structural Racism and Rebuilding Communities

By Maya Wiley & john a. powell

How was race a factor in the government's delayed response to Hurricane Katrina victims? Structural racism explains how various institutions work together to cause disparate impact on low-income communities of color. For example, the impact of transportation authorities, educational systems, and housing and urban developers creates communities of concentrated poverty. Advocates will need to rethink solutions after viewing interrelated problems in low-income communities through a structural-racism lens.

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