I was fascinated by all of the popular culture and societal practices displayed in this museum and the in depth analysis about how pervasive the ideology of Black people being inferior was in society! The idea of forcing people to participate in the constant reminder that they were lesser people was pretty disturbing to me. I have to wonder why people were complicit and why so few have chosen to question the system. You'd think the idea that people even feel pain differently would have people questioning it and condemning it, but it really was ingrained in the main stream media!
The idea that extreme racism is not the only way to be racist is still so eye-opening to me. I think this museum is ahead of the curb by displaying this and I hope it becomes more apparent and talked about in today's society.
I found my own emotions regarding media developed to endorse social practices of racism to be hard to face, simply because I have enjoyed some of the media that I did not question. I have been constantly questioning my responses to what I see and what I have known to be true lately, and I realize that I m willing to learn and adapt how I interact with the environment around me because of my genuine intent to show respect. Seeing the images of President Obama in the same light as older media truly horrified me. I realize now that others before him (that I am less familiar with) suffered on an even more regular basis and this needs to be brought to light and remedied.
I see now how the society that I have come to know is full of biases further making it difficult for people of color to thrive, let alone live. I have always tried to be an advocate, but I feel like knowing these institutions in place makes me even more likely to take action in standing up for people to be treated fairly.