Our history has made America what it is today. We cannot move forward until we acknowledge what we have done and actively change our system. There has to be changes on every single level in order to deal with institutional racism. I don't know what that will look like on every level. But I am so proud of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul school districts that have severed there relationship with police in schools. This will help to end criminalization of BIPOC/POC children and keep our communities safer. I think we are moving in the right direction with every generation. I just hope things keep changing. I am hopeful for children, now and in the future, that they will be more informed about the cruel American history, and that they will be actively part of a safer and better society.
I feel ashamed that I haven't taken the time before now to really search and understand the true history of the colonization of this country. What I have gained from these videos is more important than anything I learned in our white washed textbooks growing up. I am very thankful to be part of this training and I know this learning is just the beginning. Growing up, I was really interested in the Holocaust. It felt so far away from me and I couldn't imagine how it came to be. It's so clear now. From the slaughter and kidnapping of Native Americans, to slavery/segregation/prison system, to Japanese American Incarceration camps, to kidnapping children/separating families/incarceration camps, etc. it all is very evil. Listening to the video about the gasoline baths made me feel sick. The fact that Nazi Germany piggybacked off a tactic used on people in the US is sickening. And honestly, some of the words used to describe Mexicans in the video are the exact same sentiment we hear from the president of the united states.