History, whether or not people know it, impacts our lives every single day. When we are not taught our own history, we still manage to repeat the mistakes and atrocities of the past. Ignorance of the foundational problems with our system, with our country, is no excuse. It is required both that we learn and that we act. It does not matter when, as a white person, my family came to this country - I benefit from my whiteness because America was built with the belief that white was best. Though I knew much of the history presented, I did not know it all. We have to, as a country, choose another path if we wish to succeed at being "home of the free, land of the brave." Right now? Right now we are neither.