I think the historical events, rules, and laws still impact our society today. That is evidenced by the amount of racial tension in our society today. Just the fact that I, a caucasian female, want to ask my African American friend "What was it like to grow up African American?" shows that my mind recognizes a difference in race. Why can't we all just be people?
One of the most surprising things to me in the videos was how recent some of the events were. People were encouraging Native Americans to give up their children for adoption in the 1900's? Even after 1950? I appreciated that many of the videos focused on groups other than African Americans. It reminds me that racism isn't just about African Americans being treated unfairly. There are many other people groups out there that are discriminated against.
I'm also reminded of how much power the government and media have over us. It's so easy for them to spin things in a certain way, to make us think things they want us to. It's also probably very easy to convince one group of people they are better than everyone else - who wouldn't want that?
Finally, it is important to know what has happened so we don't repeat horrors of the past, but I tend to be a person who likes to acknowledge the past but then move on to the future. I came away from the videos thinking "But what can we do about this NOW? What can I do about this now?" I realize that is what the rest of this training is about, and I am glad I have a chance to take it.