In response to: Do you think these historical events, rules, and laws still impact our society today? What are your thoughts after viewing these videos?
Yes I think that all of the historical events happening to various non-White people impact our society today. After watching the videos, I feel increasing doubt as to whether anything will ever change long term...as the themes seem to continue to repeat over time.
In response to: Reflect on the discussion about history, our foundational structures, the "red lining" of families of color out of opportunity for economic advancement, the connection between poverty, educational opportunity, and incarceration. Are you able to see those connections?
I see the connections. It's disheartening to see how the very foundations of everything in the USA are built for Whites...and therefore hard to imagine what a solution would be. Just looking at the recent armed White protestors insisting on their god given right to a haircut and having no police response vs the response to Black Lives Matters protestors and the heavy police response... It's stark...infuriating and depressing at the same time...
In response to: 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 believe that history plays a significant role in the beliefs and behaviors of people today. What's surprising is how much of history is hidden or forgotten such that the suffering continues to repeat itself over and over. The White people continue to be blind to their privilege...since they are fish swimming in White-preferential water, they don't see the privilege that is their environment until something happens that brings that realization. And then once it is part of their awareness, the internal struggle on whether they want to give up some of their advantage to balance out the inequity appears to be a difficult one for many to actually take real action on. I also think that the history of people of color impacts their beliefs and behavior today as well... How much can a person of color dream is possible can be limited by inter-generational trauma.... I think Obama becoming President provided a model of possibilities for people of color everywhere... But the current White dominant backlash is not surprising as a result...
I was shocked to learn about the medical crimes against humanity that were committed against black people in the United States. That was truly horrifying... Also the "cleansing" of people on the border with Mexico was new information to me. (Though I grew up in Canada and didn't have much exposure to US history growing up). Watching the video on the Japanese internment was very sobering and stirred up the anxiety I have been feeling as a person of Chinese descent. With the anti-Chinese violence resulting from the perceptions from COVID, I worry that something similar will happen against Asians.