"Now that you have viewed all of the content for Module 1, how much do you believe our history informs people's beliefs and behavior today? What information in this module stood out to you or impacted you the most? "
I have always believed that our Country's history has informed people's beliefs and behaviors 100%. There is no way to deny the fact that our foundation for our Country was built by white people for white people. The status quo needs to be maintained and so the idea of 'law and order,' (which was also created by white people for white people: go figure) came about.
I have posted about the two main things that stood out to me most during this module already (Native American Boarding School, and the origins of law enforcement). It is also interesting to me that race was first associated with kinship. Only during the Enlightenment period did it change. The white European settlers used the scientific classifications of plants and animals to their advantage to make race a hierarchy, and gave themselves an excuse to enslave people of color. The idea that people of color were considered 'less than' was 'proven' using their pseudo science! This has lead to the continued stereotyping, bias, and prejudice that we still see today. It has been ingrained since the very beginning of our nation's establishment.
The system has always been broken.