Do you think these historical events, rules, and laws still impact our society today? What are your thoughts after viewing these videos?
These historical events, rules, and laws remain impactful today. Many of the laws remain in effect, more so it is the indoctrination of people by the government to believe that the government has our best interest at heart and therefore are making the right decisions on our behalf. For many, we think we can separate ourselves from that which is wrong because we did not do "it" the government did (we conveniently forget we voted those officials into power). If I think back to when I was a child and learned of the Japenese internment camps, I remember asking my father about them and how something so horrible could happen in America. My father was born in 1936, and as a child was taught to fear the Japanese. Even as an adult, he believed that the government's actions were justified because he had been taught that "those people" were being directed by the Japanese government to plot against Americans and instructed to kill Americans. I remember him saying, "What else could we do? We had to protect ourselves." This generation, my father's generation, remains largely in elected positions and continues to perpetuate unsubstantiated fears to keep laws on the books. At the heart of any conflict is usually ignorance. Many people are just trying to live their own lives and can not begin to imagine taking on the burden of another person's life, but inaction is action. This journey is scary, complicated, and overdue.