I think the thing that struck me the most about Module 1 was the overarching, systemic racism across the board against many different minority groups in America. I am a social studies teacher; I knew about Japanese American internment, slavery, redlining, Native American racism, etc. but I never really though about the totality of it all when you put it all into one "picture" if you will. When you look at the history of racism and intolerance in our country, it is the norm, not the exception like many like to portray.
We tend to compartmentalize the history of racism in our country against each of the different minority groups; it makes it more palatable for the majority to accept. But when you see them all put together, side by side, it exposes a pattern of intolerance that defies the idea of, "Give us your poor, your tired, your wretched yearning to breathe free." This pattern is one we are still living with and confronting, especially today with the BLM protests surrounding the death of George Floyd. Last night I watched my city (Madison, WI) suffer from riots, looting, smashed shops and burned police vehicles. THIS is the result of this history of intolerance and systemic racism; we have reached the boiling point where many have said enough. The question I still have is, how do we help to move the conversation (and society) forward?