The existence of slavery and prolonged racist discrimination in our history has penetrated our culture deeply. I didn't begin learning about our racist history until I was in my 30s and had returned to school. The truth was hidden in public schools, whitewashed, and made to look sanitary and auspicious. Thirty years later I am knowledgeable of the history as presented in this first module. What I don't have is the experience of living in deep poverty, although I've lived in highly polluted areas near Navy bases. I don't have the experience of being mistreated because of my color, only the "me too" type discrimination because I'm a woman. It's not at all the same thing as what Blacks experience. While I haven't gotten to this part of the course, I'm more aware now of when my unconscious reactions to Black people pop up and I'm working to reduce these deeply ingrained reactions. I teach political science and I spend a great deal of time talking about the issues presented here. I try to get my students engaged in their communities. But I know I can teach better. I have a responsibility. This course will help me to be a better ally and do better in life and in my classrooms.