After the first collection of videos in the training there was a reflection question: "Do you think these historical events, rules, and laws still impact our society today? What are your thoughts after viewing these videos?"
There were many new things that I had learned while watching each of the videos: "redlining" was a completely unknown term, but some of the topics I was loosely familiar with; however, the Native American Boarding Schools was an eye-opener. As a history lover I was astounded that we were never taught this in our public schools. I knew that European colonists forcefully took their land, but I honestly did not think that the government would, effectively, take children away from their families, their cultures, and their heritage.
When a country tries to hide or delete, so to speak, a chapter of its own history, it proves to me that they are not ready to face their wrong doing. They want to keep people in the dark, and that was only the beginning! Once the boarding schools started closing then they started advertising Native Children for adoption, so that the white families would have a savior complex.This one example alone proves to me that we still suffer greatly in our country from institutionalized racism.