The content I reviewed gave me the opportunity to be reminded of all that has occurred in American history, and how that has contributed to the continued problems in present day America. Specifically in how white European decadents were opportunists in the most unimaginable way. It really reminded me of all the individuals in the past that were either contributed to the ideology of division and racism and those that put their life on the line in trying to fight it.
However, the reality is we are all products of our environment. Why there was and still is a divide in which white people have felt superior in comparison to other ethnicity is beyond me and I will never understand it. Even in present day when African American have demonstrated that we can supersede our white counterparts in education and finances, the stigma is still there. I contribute this stigma to how an individual is raised and their family structure. At birth we inherit genetic traits from our parents. If our parents are African American with a darker skin complexion, we will likely be born African American with a darker skin complexion. If they are white with blue eyes and blonde hair , you will likely be born white with blue eyes and blonde hair. If I have a parent that is morbidly obese because of a poor diet and I am fed the same that they eat, I will likely end up being morbidly obese myself. If my parent distances themselves from other races and only associates and interacts with their ethnicity, African American, then that will likely be the population I identify with as that is who I was exposed to. That is the culture I grew into. On the contrary to some white Americans who grew up in a household that referred to African Americans as "niggers," and other degrading terms, then that is what is passed on to my child.
The reality is that we are all a product of our environment and only we as an individual, as we grow into adulthood, can deviate from what we were taught