I 100% believe that history, rules, laws, etc. have a profound impact on society today and how systemic racism can continue to be perpetuated. The first video we watched in this module reminded me of a book I am reading, "Lies My Teacher Told Me" by James Loewen. Loewen highlights the whitewashing of American textbooks used to teach our students, who then grow up with a skewed perspective of the world. There were events in this book that I read and thought "wow that is not how my teacher taught it..." and it was embarrassing to realize how this affected my own personal beliefs. I believe that textbooks and history curriculum today do not accurately portray US history in a way that is truthful and worthy of critical observation for students to understand its effects. From the beginning with the colonization by Christopher Columbus, white people were using colonialism and religion to justify the exploitation of people of color to their benefit. As history evolved, so did the exploitation, leading to institutionalized racism that will continue to oppress people of color and leave them at a disadvantage. When student's do not have the opportunity to learn an honest and unbiased history that is not whitewashed, they then do not understand concepts of mass incarceration, why low-income neighborhoods seem to experience more crime, police brutality against people of color, etc. The way we reflect on history is a huge part of practicing anti-racism, and that can be difficult when a large group of people has grown up a certain way and find it hard to change their prior beliefs because "that's what they taught in school".