Yes, every detail of our history impacts us today. It's incomprehensible to me how some could believe that our country's foundation built on racist thought and practices doesn't impact us today. I would guess that at least some of this comes from a being uninformed, and it is a disgrace that these topics are not covered in more detail (or at all) in our education system. Every topic in this module should be mandatory for everyone going to school in the US. I grew up in a progressive area with a good public education system, and when I was in middle/high school (early 2000's, so not that long ago) I received a very watered down version of this information. We learned about slavery and Japanese interment. We learned that racism and discrimination were "bad". But we were also exposed to what in retrospect seem to be the racist "Assimlationist" and "melting pot" ideas that put becoming more white as the goal. I wish I had learned about the rest of these topics, including the depths of institutional racism and how, as our instructor said, our policies are working "exactly as they were intended to" as they were racist policies to begin with.