While watching the segment on the removal of Native American children from their families -- something you'd LIKE to believe was long past -- I couldn't help but think of the current day Latino children being taken by ICE from their immigrant parents. No profit motive this time, but still "in the children's best interest". And almost certainly with the same detrimental results. We may get to it later in the examination of systemic racism, but I'm not seeing references to the part that some organized religions have played throughout time in creating "us (the chosen) vs. them (the heathen)" schisms, giving societal racism the appearance of having moral grounds. One side effect of the "Law and Order" disparity is seen in domestic violence cases where neither party views an intervening officer as a "good guy there to help". This can leave an abused woman in a desperate place. Two sections really made me think: Bias, and the Jim Crow Museum. The bias section more positively, because I was able to draw from my own family's history of parents/aunts/uncles raised in Arkansas and Texas who moved north and raised children unexposed to Jim Crow and who now actively work against racism. Down side to that is that my cousins and I tend to be unaware that our personal attitudes can't affect much while the system is still broken. Also, I can think of my personal ability to reject the halo effect for people I admired at first for a specific intellectual characteristic/accomplishment, but then discovered serious flaws -- Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, Nathan Bedford Forrest. And the attractiveness bias I had seen confirmation for in my own experience -- I'm married to a 6'5" white cis-gender male software engineer. Mild-mannered and polite to a fair-thee-well, but when he talks, PEOPLE LISTEN.
The Jim Crow Museum segment was far more disturbing. I was raised without exposure to physical violence, and I've been blessed with a life with few incidents. I found the the idea that Jim Crow could not have existed without the constant violence or the threat of violence, or without pervasive caricatures -- and the fact that this is STILL TRUE -- to be very distressing.