After viewing the videos, I was immediately requested to view a video of President Trump getting off his helicopter with a MAGA hat in his hand. It struck me that his campaign slogan Make America Great Again is an effort to make America great for certain people.
The videos in this module demonstrated that America NEVER was great for all people. I knew America’s past included some instances of racism but my white privilege allowed me to ignore so much of this nation’s past. I had learned about how white settlers had mistreated Native Americans, however, I never knew about the federal government’s implementation of a forced adoption program (How The US Stole Thousands of Native American). I had learned about the Japanese Internment camps. However, I never knew that laws were enacted to trap Japanese Americans in situations where they could be more easily forced into those camps (Ugly History: Japanese American Incarceration). I was ignorant of how black women were used by physicians to develop surgical procedures (The Disturbing History of American Medicine). The manner in which they went about such experiments is worse than any torture I can think of! I was never aware of the abuse perpetrated upon people crossing the US-Mexican border (Dark History of Gasoline Baths). I cannot imagine how demoralizing it must have been to be strip searched and deloused in such a horrific manner.