I blocked three hours off on my calendar to work through the first module this morning. It's taken me almost two hours just to get through the first set of videos.
Many of the issues covered here I knew about. I know, for example, of the layers of the crisis in Flint, and our history of Japanese internment camps. Other things I was blindsided by - the 'gasoline' baths' at our border, the methodically stealing of indigenous children. At points, I was blindly angry as the information filtered in - I had to take several breaks to sit with what I was hearing, and process through it. Listening and learning, I am angry that I did not learn about these things earlier in my life, especially during my education. There are many echos of these events unfolding in our world today; I think namely the messaging that folx of a certain race are less intelligent, or classifiable as more violent, or are likely to bring disease to our country.
I don't have any profound thoughts to share right now. I am processing. There is so much to unlearn in our journey as we work towards being active antiracists.