At different points in my life I have fallen into the categories of White Exceptionalism, White Guilt, and White Shame. Systemic Racism wasn’t something that I had explored much or discussed prior to college. It came up on the periphery or readings I did for school, things I saw on TV, etc but I didn’t see myself as connected to it. The few events I did learn about in secondary school that touched on racial oppression (internment camps, slavery, Trail of Tears, Jim Crow Laws) caused some uncomfortable feelings of white shame. I felt some of those feelings on a much deeper level in Module 1 of this training. I didn’t know of about around half of the tragic events that were featured and that blew my mind as someone who cares about social justice a lot. I have felt white guilt thinking about the many ways I have gone with the status quo over the years and not spoken up when I should. Early in my college years I definitely went through a period of White Exceptionalism where I thought I was different because I cared and didn’t directly do harm. As I learned more about how systemic racism is so firmly embedded into our society I began to recognize more how I did play a role and do have biases of my own.