I have always had this thought growing up that I wasn't "Special" because I was just white and had no sort of culture or racial identity. In some ways I envied these individuals for being different. I knew I had some sort of heritage, but my family never identified with a certain ethnicity, different language or had any special culture traditions. We were simply American.
Now after watching these videos I see that my thinking was positive in some ways, as seeing the beauty in the differences and traditions that other cultures have. However, I asked myself why I separated them from me in the first place? And why I categorized them as different? This training has made me realize that I was comparing them to the "white standard." They were different because they were't white.
I really never thought I had these racist views, these implicit bias's. But I do. And little did I know I was the "special" one because I am white. I never had to endure what these individuals have experienced for being "different," but in reality for just being themselves.
I was surprised at the different ways our Country contradicts itself and make certain rules for each different race, finding different ways to oppress and compare to the "white standard" For example the different experiences between Native American/Indigenous people and Black people. How Native American's have to prove their race/identity. That "one drop" of Native American blood may not be enough to the American government. So if they do not have enough in their blood they are then oppressed through denial of services and other rights being violated. Compared to Black people if they have "one drop" of black in them they are then automatically identified as black. And with that blackness comes oppression.