I really hope to root out my biases as I do some deep introspection in this training. Over the years, these things have been done in the name of "science" or "good" or "law and order." It is all eye-opening, but 2 things stand out the most:
1. In the video of Native Americans being adopted by white families, the white families were fed propaganda that they were doing a "good" thing by taking in children without good homes. But this was held up to a standard of white homes being "good." How many things do I think are good, true, and right because of my cultural biases?
2. I did not know that redlining and denying mortgages based on race happens. It makes an extreme impact; it's so much easier for me to own a home and have a college degree and pass on generational wealth. And it blows me away that it's easier for get a job because of my "white-sounding" name. Not to mention my access to medical care, being taken seriously, not being judged as suspicious, and the list goes on. I pledge to examine both my privilege and my implicit biases.