This class is really an eye opener for me growing up in a lower middle class home. I love how we learn about the struggles that don't get talked about a lot. Usually we hear about Afr-Am and the "oppression" that they ALL had. We now know that they weren't all slaves and that many of them gained their freedom and owned land and had jobs even during slavery. I remember growing up all the Afr-Ams would say that I did that to their family and put them through the rough times and it's all the white people's fault. But I learned here that the "white people" were generally WASPs and not myself who was not even alive during the time plus I'm mostly Belgian so I couldn't do anything to them if their family ever was in slavery. We learned so much about the contributions that the Jewish, Mexican, Italian, Native, Chinese, and African Americans did for this country that was (and probably still is) full of snobbish Anglo-Saxons who think they're better than everyone else. I finally get to speak what I believe about racial equality and against the racism that Afr-Ams say only happens to them but happens to me on a daily basis by them. One thing I wish most people would understand is that two wrongs don't make a right. Don't insult my race just because someone insulted you. You should stand up for yourself and not give in to the way that people insult each others' cultures and be proud if who you are. People should be independent and instead of transmitting the hate onto someone else of the group that insulted them they should act as a buffer and stop the insults altogether. Sorry I know this rant was wrong but I could write multiple pages about this topic.