Module 1 has opened my eyes to exactly how pervasive racism is. I do not think I fully appreciated how racism permeates almost every aspect of our society. I was well aware of the racism in schools, job opportunities, police enforcement, and banking system, but I was totally blind to its presence in healthcare, environment, and other less obvious but important aspects of society. It will be something that I will be more aware of on a daily basis and will question - where else is this happening that I may have not looked before.
I am also totally appalled at the policies our leaders have enacted over the decades and continue to enact knowingly out of self-preservation (of white supremacy) and fear (of losing power, standing, $, land, jobs - whatever the driving factor is). It absolutely disgusts me that the "most advanced" and one of the wealthiest countries in the world is partaking in such archaic, inhumane behavior. And until recently, most Americans have happily turned a blind eye - or more likely, were not awake to the fact that we are living an illusion and are being manipulated intentionally by a small few. It is not "We the people" - there is no true equality, and there never truly was meant to be.
It feels good to be awakened, but I am also ashamed on so many levels.