1) I do feel these incidents in our past influence and impact us today. The lack of complete education around our history leads to a populace that's ignorant. Although I have been exposed to most of the content in this module, the "adoption" of Native American children, the gynecological experiments done on young enslaved women, the part about redlining (which leads me to a questions about gentrification and how that happens), and the decontamination camps in El Paso were all new pieces of the puzzle for me. When we can't openly look at the atrocities we've committed as a country and how these all work within a capitalist system to benefit the wealthiest among us, then we can't begin the work of dismantling these systems.
2) It's hard not to see the connections, honestly. But there is a ton of anger in white people around the feeling that their way of life will have to change in order for injustices to be righted. We apparently don't want to give up a piece of our pie. But it was never our pie alone. We needed people of color (aka cheap labor) to do our dirty work so that we could live our lives in peace and relative comfort. Accepting out part in this is the work we must do as white people to create a better society for everyone. Defunding the police is something that I never thought I would get behind, but the more I learn, the more it makes so much sense. Just because things have historically been done one way doesn't mean we can't make another choice moving forward.
3) The Jim Crow video made the deepest impact, in particular, the part about President Obama. As someone that lives in California, I didn't see the kinds of vile, racist propaganda that was sold during the election. It's disturbing to know that there's a market for these kinds of projects, even as jokes. My own privilege makes easy to turn away from these types of things that horrify me and make me so angry. I can pull the self-care card and take a break, carry on with my day to day existence. I think what I've realized throughout this module (and for the last couple of weeks) that this is something I'm no longer willing to justify to myself.