I strongly believe America's sordid history informs American beliefs and behaviors today. While mostly white folks are vocal about how "slavery was in the past" and "racism doesn't exist in the U.S. anymore," I have witnessed many in the Asian American community who also subscribe to these beliefs, and minimize other people of color's experiences because it doesn't match their own. What is insidious to me is that as Americans minimize the brutality of United States history, or as they pretend that it doesn't matter or never existed, their behavior and audacity at continuing to dehumanize others only becomes more pronounced. I recently watched a video of a white woman recorded by a Puerto Rican family at a park, and this white woman approached the family with obscenity and insults, explaining in as condescending a manner as one can that "in America we listen to American music," and that she was going to call the police because their non-American music was too loud. I used to think that people that blatantly ignorant and mean-spirited could not possibly exist anymore. Instead, I realize they've always been around, and I think because we have so much information readily available through our advancing technologies, it's easier to identify people who believe like this, who behave this way. What's sad is that people like this... they're everywhere.