Module 1 offered insight into the larger history of systemic racism. While none of this was new to me, and I have used most of the clips included in my own teaching, it never ceases to amaze me the long, sad history of racism that our country was built on. I look at these realities and it is so hard for me to understand why some people can't see it. While I know I've grown and worked hard to understand my whiteness and my privilege, the struggle to get some people to see and understand these larger structures is incredibly frustrating.
This module is just a brief overview of the history of racism in this nation, but still, it can feel so overwhelming when confronted with it. This work is hard and the payoff is often hard to find. And I recognize that as a white woman, I am not experiencing the horrors of institutionalized racism day in and day out. This module served as a reminder to me of how far we still have to go, but it also highlighted that my classroom is a space where my students are getting at least something of an anti-racist education.
I often feel overwhelmed with the magnitude and weight of white supremacy in that country and it can feel like the small steps I take day in and out have little payoff. I am hoping that this training will allow me to learn even more on this topic and invest that knowledge into my classroom and students.