Reflect on the discussion about history, our foundational structures, the "red lining" of families of color out of opportunity for economic advancement, the connection between poverty, educational opportunity, and incarceration. Are you able to see those connections? The deep roots of slavery in the United States branch out into every facet of American life. Racism determines the schools we go to, the jobs we are hired for, the neighborhoods we live in, the likelihood of us being imprisoned, the opportunities granted us. Racism is not our past--it is our present.