The videos in the brief history of racism were eye opening in many ways. They should be included in high school history classes in the US. While I wouldn't say this course is the beginning of my anti-racism journey, I am so grateful for the resources I've watched/read so far. I had heard of the medical experiments, redlining and Japanese American prison camps, but the history of gasoline baths was new to me and very shocking. Also, it was impactful to hear about all of these together, as I had absorbed them individually in the past.
I absolutely believe these historical events, rules and laws have impacted generations and the society we live in today. It's what led to systemic racism. I also read a short article a friend shared with me about the racist roots of many sayings. I was appalled at the real meaning behind "no can do" and "long time no see." After learning that they are phrases to poke fun at Chinese immigrants and Native Americans respectively, I will make every effort to not use them and educate those who do use them on their origins.