I absolutely believe that the historical events, policies and practices of the united states continue to impact current events policies and practices today. At first, I wondered what happens that we can't seem to learn from prior mistakes. Then I realized, not everyone would categorized them as mistakes. Particulary when it means that a particular group (white americans) continue to benefit from those historical decisions. And I think this: even if you don't fully know the history, the mere willingness to look away so that you can continue to keep your benefits- is just as much an active way to perpetuate continued racism. It's uncomfortable and also true.