1. It is clear that the historical events, rules and laws continue to impact current society. The vile, regrading, inhumane treatment inflicted on non-whites then and now are clearly embedded in policies and structures, which is the reason unraveling them will likely mean an 'overhaul' of the systems in place.
2. As far as the discussion about history, our foundational structures, the "red lining" of families of color out of opportunity for economic advancement, the connection between poverty, educational opportunity, and incarceration goes the connections are very visible. The oppression of non-whites was intentional, and this is saddening for a country that claims to be built on Christian values. Yes, religion has on many occasions been oppressive, yet the character of God is anything but oppressive.
“A Christian is one who is striving for liberation.” ― Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist
3. Having gotten to the end of the first module it is evident that history informs both beliefs and behaviors. The reality is that systemic racism is built into the fabric of policies and laws. The "explaining away" of events that marginalize and disenfranchise people of color is sadly, part of the foundation of America. What stood out to me the most is the intentionality of whites who ensure that they had dominance in every aspect of life! There is so much to unlearn.