There is a lot of information to process from the videos, and I could probably write for days about my thoughts on all of them. I'll try to summarize my main thoughts about each one individually.
How the US stole thousands of Americans...
This one was shocking to me. I had not thought of assimilation as a tool for dismantling a culture, probably because it is so well disguised as something innocent and even a good deed. It angers me that the lawmakers were so manipulative and sneaky with the continuation of their goals even after the schools were stopped. It is scary how tactical they were in manipulating the public. I think that the adoptive parents had a white savior complex going on...especially since some of the speakers said their adoptive parents were always reminding their kids how lucky they are compared to others who were at a reservation. I am now curious as to what other tactics the government is currently using to break apart Native lands.
2. Racist History of Illegal Immigration
This is still very much affecting our society today.
Yes, the connection between "illegal" meaning "unwanted" is so true, and that's such a concise way to put it. When most Americans think of "illegal immigrants," they envision of people of color, especially those from Mexico. At least, that's what I think of since I was raised in California. I was just having a discussion the other day with my partner about how no white people seem to care if illegal immigrants are white or white passing...they are seen as exotic and as having cool accents, and not as threats. For example, Canadian-Americans.
I've had to defend immigrants in past conversations, and found myself having to explain their worth to the country, whether they came here legally or not. But still, there is this sort of grudge some people have about immigrants, however desperate, who "getting away with" living here without going through the same customs that other, law-abiding people go through. They don't seem to realize how much time that can take and how many barriers there are. On a related note, I even had someone tell me that they think Syrians should stay in their country to "dilute the evil", based on some illogical reasoning that by deciding to keep themselves and their families in a war zone and helping that they are lowering the percentage of people who are bad...effectively diluting the problem. I'm not sure where this idea came from or how commonly it is used as an anti-immigration argument.
3. Racism in American Housing
I didn't quite understand how redlining worked so I looked it up a bit more and it was clear. I also found that the term Reverse Redlining exists, and means that a loaner or insurer targets certain communities to charge them more (rather than denying loans, etc). Interesting that the term "reverse" is used, I'm not sure that quite fits what the term means. Reverse would seem to imply that certain communities are targeted such that loans are approved at a higher rate and with lower interest/mortgage rates. It's a shame that this is not more talked-about and is quietly still happening. I hope the laws mentioned at the end of the video begin to make a difference.
4. The Disturbing History of American Medicine
I was completely unaware of Marion Sims before this video. I read in the video comments an idea that the statue should be replaced by one of Anarcha and was in total favor. So, I looked up the statue and found that it has been moved to Sims's burial site, and that in its place a statue for Anarcha and other victims will be put up: https://www.artforum.com/news/sculpture-by-vinnie-bagwell-to-replace-controversial-public-monument-in-New-York-s-Central-Park-81002#:~:text=The%20New%20York%20City%20Department,to%20achieve%20his%20medical%20breakthroughs.
I totally empathize with wanting to discontinue honoring someone who outright offended or did not acknowledge the humanity of any other group. It is insulting to know that these racist or misogynistic people are still, in a way, are looking over our shoulders in the form of a statue long after they are dead.
I am also curious as to why the mortality rate for pregnancy/childbirth is so high for black women, so I looked that up, too. I found that the CDC reports that the factors are complex, and no definitive answers were given, so it seems like no one really knows why this is the case.
5. The Dark History of "Gasoline Baths"
Again, I had no knowledge of any of the details in this video beforehand. Though I do get news of what is happening at the border, and it is still horrific, this makes me want to pay more attention to what I am hearing about the border. I'm also disappointed that the name Carmelita Torres did not ring a bell in my mind.
In general, learning about so many historical (though not all that long ago) examples of racism has given me perspective, including perspective on what people mean by "we will not go back" when protesting against Trump. This is giving me insight as to what exactly they are talking about. Previously I had of course thought of racism, misogyny, and homophobia, but I couldn't point out specific historical examples or give names. This example is a prime example of how racist leaders can do so much damage, and I have a better grasp on what we are afraid of having repeated.
6. Ugly History: Japanese-American Incarceration
My mind after this video is stuck on FDR, who I thought was supposed to have been a decent president. I had just watched a video about the Racist history of the Democratic Party, which said that FDR was a sort of turning point for the Democratic party becoming more of what it is today, but then learned that he also signed executive order 9066. I began wondering if the "horn effect" could be said to extend to presidents who did mostly one really bad thing but also did many good things? This doesn't seem right, but why exactly is that? Well, the horn effect can't be said to apply here since this isn't implicit bias, it is intentional and people are aware of what they are feeling. This falls outside the realm of bias, and the good things that FDR did will not make this huge mistake disappear.
7. Environmental Racism
This was eye-opening since I did not follow the Flint water problem closely. I was not aware of the demographics of Flint. And I'm sad to know that the EPA, which I once respected and even wanted to work for someday, has failed American people.