Even though I was aware of the topics of most of these videos,I never learned about these things in school, we didn't talk about them at home and I certainly didn't know many of the details. (I know more now than I did, but will never be done relearning history.) I think knowing the history of our country-even the ugly sides-is one way to learn more about my whiteness and the impact it has on those who don't share that same societal privilege.
I work at a Community College and have done a fair bit of digging into the white supremacy culture that exists in educational institutions, I knew that the other institutions in this country also were created in this spirit. I struggle regularly with the reality of what large systemic change would need to take place to decolonize our institutions and try to do what I can at the college,but the entirety of the work that needs to be done is daunting. I have been learning about the movement to defund/abolish the police and am beginning to grasp the scope of some proposals. While it is still a long way off, it gives me hope that institutions can change, gratitude for everyone working to make institutions more equitable and also sorrow that it has taken us (and likely will continue to take us) so long.