One thing I am walking away with after watching the seven videos is just how widespread racism is in the United States. For a country that prides itself on the principles of democracy, freedom and equal opportunities for all, we have truly failed as a nation to support its citizen. In addition, one thing that bothers me is how hidden some of these events are from our nation's history and world history. While I'd venture to say most people in the US are aware of the Nazi Holocaust, the treatment of the Japanese, "illegal" immigrants, Native Americans, and Mexicans seems to be part of our nation's untold story. And, I wonder why? Is it because we know we are wrong and don't want publicize it or we simply do not value the lives of certain people enough to realize we've done wrong. It makes me really sad to see how little progress we have made in addressing the racism issue in the United States.
I'm am educator of students at an urban community college. In my biology class this semester, we did a case study on Flint Michigan. I was shocked to see that students didn't realize what went on in Flint and how much trust they have for government officials, doctors, and scientists. We also looked at food and the availability of healthy foods (nothing fancy, just fresh fruits and vegetables) and the number of fast food chains in certain communities. My students hadn't thought much about this issue and they liked doing the assignment. However, some commented about why are we taking on these political issues in a biology class! After much back and forth, one student commented, "everything is political"!!
In sum, the issues presented in these videos need to be more out in the open. How this is accomplished, I'm not sure.