Reflection 1: I wanted to be right in most cases for the IATs. I am familiar with these tests and I while, I want it to show an accurate representation of my biases, subconsciously, I think I wanted to have more favorable results.
Reflection 2: My initial reaction to this video was that I did not want the children to have to experience the feelings of shame or oppression, even on a smaller scale, just to send a message to the class. I know that I lean towards the idea that you do not have to "harm" or "potentially traumatize" to teach. I understand that there was debriefing afterwards and I am grateful that the students had this. This video also highlighted the importance of the environmental impact on the hierarchy of the human experience; "who is better than whom". If you are told a narrative,it is likely that people will resume the roles and all of the uncomfortable or privilege emotional adversity that comes with it.
Reflection 3: As a black woman in America, I identified with many of the struggles identified by the black women in these videos. I was surprised to learn about other people's experiences and seeing so many similarities, and yet, the uniqueness felt unknown and that I was learning a lot. It is always upsetting to hear about how people have to unlearn what they've bee taught about themselves, but I love watching the relearning of a more empowered narrative that people are taking on as they learn how they want to take up space in a place that was not built for them to succeed.
Reflection 4: White privilege is annoying. When I finally had words to put to this experience, being on the opposing ending of being without it, I was frustrated that for white people, they had a choice of whether or not they let the experiences of POC affect them, while POC have to continually experience them every single day.