Do you think these historical events, rules, and laws still impact our society today? What are your thoughts after viewing these videos?
Yes, these historical events, rules, and laws definitely impact our society. I feel like I know a decent amount US history, but these videos have show just how white washed my knowledge of history is. I didn't know about the gasoline baths - that is horrifying. I have so much to unlearn and learn in terms of this country's history.
Reflect on the discussion about history, our foundational structures, the "red lining" of families of color out of opportunity for economic advancement, the connection between poverty, educational opportunity, and incarceration. Are you able to see those connections?
YES. I see the connections clear as day. I have also worked in public education as a special education teacher in Title I schools and there is an over-representation of black males in special education and there is a direct connection to the prison pipeline. So there are even more complications than I think were represented in the videos.
Now that you have viewed all of the content for Module 1, how much do you believe our history informs people's beliefs and behavior today? What information in this module stood out to you or impacted you the most? The videos in this module clearly show how the US has a history of 'othering' and asserting dominance over anyone who is not white and protestant. White people in this country seem to operate from a scarcity mindset - afraid of everyone else taking jobs / opportunities /etc. BUT IT WAS NEVER THEIRS. Also, there are a tremendous amount of resources if we just reallocate them.