Reflect on your own racial identity: I'm white. White people don't really have a culture (that's why we culturally appropriate). A white supremacist society would have you believe BIPOC are lazy, violent, entitled and whiny, but truthfully, the white population more accurately fits that description. My racial identity is heavy with the knowledge that my skin has afforded me opportunities I otherwise would not have had had I been born of an ethnicity with a darker complexion.
Are there any experiences that you related to in the videos above? No, I have directly benefited from a racist system that has shielded me from 1) being treated differently based on the color of my skin 2) having to consider my skin color as a part of my existence. I've been privileged to exist without having my every action scrutinized. As all these individuals have expressed, they have not been extended that same basic right.
In the racial group you identify with, has the societal favoring of light colored skin ever impacted you? It has, but it's always been for the better. I have been unaware of the privilege of positive impacts for the majority of my life - it's only been within the last 3 years I've become more aware.
Were there any experiences from racial groups you don't belong to that surprised you, or that you had never considered before? I was struck by the diversity of their backgrounds and how they identify. Those identities are personal and they are rooted in history and culture and by not acknowledging their heritage and lumping them into broad categories, we are depriving them of their individual and unique experiences. I think I've always known this deep down, but listening to them share their stories and hearing their pain, frustration, exasperation, resignation, irritation etc. as they discussed the struggles they've faced at the hands of white America brought something I had an inkling of into greater focus. It has made me more aware. I'm grateful for that.