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 especially in the area of country that I live in our country's history has 100% lends itself to people's beliefs and behaviors today. My grandparents always told me that they racial jokes, slurs, or names that they would call people of color were words that they heard their parents and grandparents use. Normalizing that calling people those names, or making jokes about someone's skin color, is just something that you do. This shows the superiority complex that traditional White-American family's can display. I remember being in Junior High and my best friend at the time was Black. I invited her to go to church with me along with my parents and grandparents. My grandfather initially refused to go to church with us unless I uninvited my friend. I had no idea what he had against my friend but I refused to un-invite her. My grandma convinced my grandfather to go with us that Sunday morning and then lunch afterward. My grandfather ended up sitting beside my friend and having the most wonderful conversation with her. At the end of lunch, my grandfather gave me a hug and apologized for acting that way, explaining that is just not how things happened in his day. I believe that there is so much that can be learned from our history to do better for not only our current generation but for future generations.
I believe that it all impacted me in one way or another. I am going to have to do some further self-reflection and pondering before I know the full impact on the information I gathered today. It was enlightening, disheartening, but also inspiring in a way because things don't always ave to be this way. We can do better.