Do you think these historical events, rules, and laws still impact our society today? Out current realities and potential futures are invariably tied to our history-- lived, documented, and portrayed. The fact that these events, rules, and laws are not taught to every American schoolchild says volumes about our willingness to grow and change as a nation. What are your thoughts after viewing these videos? I feel shock, sadness, frustration, anger, regret, and betrayal when viewing these videos. The majority of information wasn't new to me, but processing what it really means to me, personally, has not been a gentle endeavor. As a child, I wasn't allowed to learn about my country's history, it's leaders 'actions, or its citizenship's silent support of exclusionary legislation, racist behaviors, and inhumane treatment of fellow humans. Instead, I was taught that the Pilgrims shared a peaceful Thanksgiving meal with the Indians, that black-majority cities were cespools of crime, and that Mexicans were stealing jobs from hard-working Americans, amoung countless other untruths. My own city was illuminated by a gleaming white slur painted across the tallest hill in sight. My school, my family's livelihood, and so many other community staples wore the name like a banner. Not once as a child did I hear anyone voice dissent in my community-- the boldest voices were those that chose not to speak, silently perpetuating these toxic ideals. After hearing "If you don't like it, you can get out" enough times, I did just that. I truly believe the best thing I ever did for myself was to leave, but have found that I still grapple with the implications and effects of doing so in many ways. As an adult, I've made the conscious decision to seek out uncomfortable truths and painful topics in the name of personal growth. I hate that this is a process I had to elecit so late in life, I hate that doing so has been labeled as an attack against my country by my own kin, and I hate that seeking knowledge about the countless injustices committed by my own nation is considered anything more than the most basic form of human decency. I don't see how I could possibly hope for change in others if I'm not willing to elicit the same process within myself first. I'm steps ahead of where I started, but there are many miles ahead.