A few of these racist practices I had heard about before but learning about them again gives me a lot of shame about my country and the ways white people in power try to keep power by creating policies and laws that discriminate against other people. I had never heard of the way Native American people were treated in the last 100 years to try to wipe out their culture and steal their children. Additionally, the way the migrant workers were treated at the border was something new to me, and it was really shocking to learn about.
I think that a lot of these policies and laws still influence the way people view BIPOC today. Today I was thinking about how the narrative of a group of people being inherently bad is ingrained into our society. When I was a kid driving around with my grandmother, she would tell me to lock the doors if we drove through a "tough neighborhood" in Detroit or Grand Rapids. I would look out the window and see mostly black people and that kind of microaggression eats away at everyone. Humans have this problem that if we hear something enough we begin to think it is true even if it isn't. I don't think these racist policies can disappear from our society just because they were stopped. Those things happened recently enough that older generations still remember them, meaning it is still part of our social consciousness. We have to bring those injustices to light and confront them so that we can learn and acknowledge we did something wrong in the past, so we never do it again in the future.