We are asked to reflect if these historical events still impact our world today and it is obvious that it does. While I knew of some of these events, others like the blatant racial profiling in El Paso that inspired Nazi concentration camps broke my heart. I am not sure how to make changes when it is systemic. I don't believe that those in power will give up power. I am not sure that protesting alone will make those changes either. Civil war? American fighting American? Break my heart.
Why are these events missing from American History textbooks? We'd have to look at ourselves and acknowledge how ugly and hateful we are as a country. In order for us to band together as a group, we have to make "the others" less than who/what we envision ourselves as. Eugenics was a foundational belief to so many of these racist policies. Notice how that is missing from our textbooks? Notice how we can see our stupidity as a country? When will be able to take a hard look at ourselves and truly make amends? My in-laws were interned at Poston in Nevada because they were Japanese Americans. When the US government finally apologized that they shouldn't have interned so many hardworking and loyal Americans, did they make reparations? No. Their families lost everything when they were interned: their homes, their farms, their childhoods, everything. Nothing was ever given back to them.