I've been long obsessed with history, especially ancient history, and yet I find its my responsibility to take more time to learn and UNLEARN more recent histories so that I can work to be a better ally and parent. I used to (heck I still do) anger my parents by disagreeing with their version of history, religion, and prejudices often citing books I'd read from the library or peer review research, as my textbooks continued to flout things like "manifest destiny" and other white-narrative history. If it wasn't in the bible, or didn't align with it, my beliefs were rejected and I was told "you'll learn someday". I recall having discussions on disproportionate jail sentences as early as my teens when a black friend received an incredibly harsher sentence for throwing his bike in a river than a white friend who had been caught selling drugs. I could not believe the ridiculousness of this sentencing, and at the time, allowed my naive self to believe my parents when they said "well, the police know what they are doing." No, they are human, just like the rest of us, prone to hubris and prejudice and with a long history of skewed sentencing and predatory bail practices it is a line of work that requires enormous reform and change. I educate my young children on matters of race, diversity and prejudice as best as I can but I know I must also engage with their school system to ensure that their textbooks and teachers reflect the truth of history and teach it accordingly.