Wow. I came into this thinking I understood how history informs current racism, but I didn't (and probably still don't) know the full extent. I remember growing up seeing some of the images in that museum and having different family members share their beliefs in the stereotypes. I definitely see how one person can make a difference by recognizing these items and teaching their own children how to be antiracists. Deconstructing racism in America isn't something that can be done tomorrow. It will take group effort at the home level up through government and institutions throughout our educational, housing, political and judicial systems. This is no small task. But it is possible.
The information that stood out to me most in this module was the history of systemic racism...the multiple Vox clips on different practices, laws and labels placed on immigrants...medical practices forced upon black women, how America informed the Nazis on the delousing gas...All of this is sickening. I'm in awe of the men and women who stood up against what was wrong, risking their own lives to bring attention to the injustices of racism. I will do all I can to help rid our country of the inequities it currently has. Starting with educating myself (an education that will continue till my last breath) and continuing with community and political action and educating family and friends.