I see clearly how historical events, laws, policies, and traditions created a foundation to our government that dehumanizes people of non-Western European descent. I see how our institutions function to benefit white people. Constantly reinforcing white supremacists ideas keeps white people safe. Whether it is conscious or not, white people perceive the infringement of their status quo as criminal. White is seen as the natural and right and good state for a proper American; anything outside of that is threatening, which creates a morality politics and oppressive policing. Gun policy is clearly linked to this policing, and white Americans feel confident and dominant in taking law into their own hands while black people are feared and demonized when they rise up or challenge the status quo. People of color must constantly assess their risks and navigate a country in which they are dehumanized, which restricts their freedoms in a country that PRETENDS that everyone deserves freedom.