It is disheartening to observe the disparity in healthcare treatment for pregnant women based on their race. Every individual, regardless of their ethnicity, should receive equitable healthcare that prioritizes their well-being. It is perplexing that in a nation where many individuals claim to be “pro-life,” pregnant women are being denied the care they require, leading to devastating outcomes such as the loss of their babies. This raises some important questions: why have gynecology practices not evolved over time, considering their origins in painful procedures? If the situation were reversed, and it was men who were being mistreated and their bodies being controlled by the government, would the circumstances still be the same?
Also mentioned in the 1619 Project is the issue of police brutality. The frequency of police-involved deaths among black men is deeply concerning. It’s unacceptable that these individuals are being pulled over or questioned by law enforcement for no valid reason, but solely because of prejudice. The fact that these situations continue to occur with little progress or change is disheartening, particularly when there are no threats or harm posed by the individuals targeted. The pervasive fear that many Black individuals experience on a daily basis is alarming and completely unjustifiable. Every person, regardless of race or identity, should be able to live their life without fear of violence or discrimination, particularly from those who are supposed to protect and serve them. It is absurd and unacceptable that anyone who does not fit the mold of a white, cisgender male in this country is treated as inferior and subjected to unequal treatment. It’s alarming to see the stark contrast between the impact on these victims and the lack of consequences for the police officers responsible. It raises questions about accountability and whether officers are being held responsible for their actions. It’s important that we address these systemic issues and work towards creating a more just and equitable society for all.

“The 1619 Project is: Truth”

Miscegenation’s Legacy

The legacy of miscegenation is still visible today, and one of the most striking examples is found in DNA analysis. Many black Americans have European ancestry that can be traced through their paternal line, a clear indication of the widespread rape of female slaves by white slave owners. This also sheds light on how mixed-race children were often denied recognition of their full heritage, being labeled solely as black based on their mother’s race rather than being acknowledged for their multiracial identity. This was done to prevent fair-skinned, white-passing mixed-race individuals from gaining access to the privileges and opportunities reserved for white people.
Black mothers in particular face significant biases and stereotypes that harm their health outcomes and that of their babies. These prejudices result in healthcare providers neglecting to provide them with the attention and care they need. Moreover, many of the stereotypes against black mothers are based on false notions and erroneous perceptions that are rooted in the history of slavery. By recognizing and addressing these biases and stereotypes, we can begin to ensure that all mothers and their children, regardless of race or ethnicity, receive the care and support they deserve from healthcare providers.

Inequality for Women

Women have been at the forefront of protests and activism for generations, fighting for changes in legislation to protect our bodies and ensure our rights. While progress has been made, such as the right to work and vote, there is still much work to be done. Our bodies are still heavily controlled by the government, and we face unnecessary taxes, wage gaps, and other forms of discrimination. It is important that we continue to speak out and demand change to create a more equitable society for all women.

Prejudice Against Black Men

The societal prejudices against Black men are deeply ingrained, causing fear and mistrust among many people, including the police. This unfounded and irrational fear has led to the tragic shootings and deaths of innocent Black men. These prejudices not only harm Black men but also perpetuate harmful stereotypes about masculinity, which can create a toxic environment where emotions are suppressed. It is crucial that we challenge these prejudices and stereotypes, as they are just as important as feminist issues. By addressing these biases and promoting understanding and empathy, we can work towards a more just and equitable society for all.


In the first episode, several words caught my attention, including maternal/infant mortality, prevalent, and the phrase one drop. Maternal/infant mortality was a major topic, and it struck me how much higher the rate is for women of color. This disparity is unacceptable and cannot be ignored. Another word that stood out to me was prevalent. Although I already knew its definition, I was surprised by how often it was used to describe issues that have been around for decades. Despite being aware of these issues for some time, it is disheartening to see that they remain prevalent in our society, indicating that little has changed.

The phrase “one drop” caught my attention in the first episode. It refers to the rule that having even a small amount of black ancestry is enough to classify someone as black. This rule was used when individuals who appeared white were treated the same as white people, but then suddenly became a target when their mixed-racial heritage was discovered. This phrase is not only absurd, but it also highlights the irrational fear and prejudice that existed during that time. Treating people equally based on their individual merits should be the norm, rather than focusing on their racial background.

Thoughts, feelings, reactions

I feel deep sorrow for the women who were treated like animals, bred against their will, and robbed of their agency. For centuries, women have been relegated to second-class status, viewed solely as vessels for bearing children. It’s infuriating that women are still not accorded the respect they deserve, and the fact that this has been going on for so long only compounds my frustration. When you add racial inequality to the mix, the situation becomes even more complex and the disrespect even more egregious.
During the second episode (episode 5) of the 1619 Project, I was overcome with deep sorrow, particularly for my Black classmates. As an Asian individual, I do not have the same fears of the police that I know so many of my Black peers have to contend with on a daily basis. While I have always understood that Black people have been targeted by the police for a long time, the powerful footage featured in the episode brought their experiences to life for me in a new and profound way. This led me to a realization that I have privilege that shields me from having to think about and fear the police in my everyday life.

Point of View

The video’s narrative format creates a powerful storytelling experience, as the interviewees share their personal stories. Additionally, incorporating video clips of the people being discussed enhances the emotional impact and allows for a deeper connection with the subject matter.
Moreover, revisiting the site where one man owned over a thousand slaves was a powerful moment that brought the gravity of the topic to life for me. The experience allowed us to imagine the harsh realities that the slaves endured and how their lives were controlled. Similarly, in the fifth episode, actual footage of a man wrongfully charged by the police was included, allowing us to witness the community’s response to the injustice and see how the man coped with the situation. The use of visuals in both examples added depth and clarity to the narrative, making it easier to fully comprehend the reality and severity of these situations.

How to bring change

To dismantle the systemic oppression perpetuated by white men in positions of power, we must actively challenge their tactics through sustained activism, such as peaceful protests and rallies, and educating ourselves and others about systemic inequalities. Informing people is the first critical step in solving any issue. Without resistance to these harmful ideologies, progress will remain elusive. In my area, I am aware of several foundations and organizations dedicated to confronting racism in our city and country. One such organization that has caught my attention is Stop AAPI Hate, which offers a platform to report incidents of Asian hate, as well as opportunities to donate money and access educational resources on the topic.

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March 24, 2023 11:35 am

Very detailed, very thoughtful

March 24, 2023 11:28 am

I enjoyed your section on how to bring change, I feel that that’s the biggest part of the series is trying to convey problems and what solutions could come from them. I also liked how you connected it back to yourself and the prejudice you face.

March 24, 2023 4:42 am

I also like the first image that you chose for your post as well as the name!

March 24, 2023 4:28 am

I think your “How To Bring Change” section is a great piece to start new thought provoking conversations and suggestions!

March 24, 2023 3:06 am

Such a beautifully thought-out response. What can you do to have an impact on peoples lives?

March 23, 2023 10:03 pm

This is very insightful. You formatted this beautifully. With this being, how do think we can fix some of the things you have talked about

March 23, 2023 1:18 pm

I like the way you formatted your thoughts/reactions in your discussion post and included all portions of the main points from the docuseries and the questions that went along with it. Your perspective on the issues that you talked about was really honorable. What do you think you could do to involve yourself and learn more about the issues mentioned in your post and in The 1619 Project?

March 23, 2023 1:18 pm

I agree with everything you said about police brutality. how do you think we can prevent these things from happening?

March 23, 2023 1:12 pm

I completely agree with your thoughts. I love the images and the way you formatted your writing, it’s very easy to understand.

March 23, 2023 1:04 am

I appreciate the thought-provoking insights that you shared on the 1619 Project and its significance. Your thoughtful reflections on the issues of healthcare disparities for pregnant women of color, police brutality, miscegenation, inequality for women, and prejudice against Black men shed light on the pressing need for a more just and equitable society

March 23, 2023 12:44 am

I love that you are making connections between current events that weren’t mentioned in The 1619 Project. The current fight for abortion affects black women as well, and sometimes more due to accessibility.

March 22, 2023 11:30 pm

As I was reading your post Faith I observed that you presented your own perspective on things but you also addressed some of the issues with a solution I think that’s nice.

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March 22, 2023 11:20 pm

I really like the fact that you included your own views on things and provided some solutions to some of the problems you talked about. Do you ever think all of this will come to an end?

March 22, 2023 11:18 pm

I love the organization of your post! I also really enjoyed your word choice to describe this topic. Words like “disheartening” and”fear” really help speak for these topics.

March 22, 2023 11:14 pm

I loved how you ordered your post and how you included your emotions into it.

March 22, 2023 11:11 pm

Faith, Your title itself stands out to me, it takes me back to the videos about the 1619 project being banned in schools. How do you think the words that stood out to you correlate with each other?

March 22, 2023 11:01 pm

I want to point how you layout your writing and stated the main points clearly. I Also really like how your introduction give the readers a brief explanation on what your whole blog was about.

March 22, 2023 9:03 pm

I like the solutions you suggested on how we could make a change

March 22, 2023 6:44 pm

Compared to White women, Black women have a three times higher risk of dying from a pregnancy-related cause. These are caused by a number of variables, including variations in healthcare quality, underlying chronic illnesses, institutional racism, and unconscious bias. This is not fair. Many members of racial and ethnic minority groups are unable to access equal opportunities for economic, physical, and emotional health because of social determinants of health. I loved your point when you specifically mentioned that “Every individual, regardless of their ethnicity, should receive equitable healthcare that prioritizes their well-being.” This raises worry for our future as young black women and babies as well.

March 22, 2023 4:35 pm

I like the video you chose to go with the post, as well as your featured image.

March 22, 2023 4:13 pm

I like how you spoke about the mistreatment of black women in the medical field, there is a lot of great information here about women that are misheard.

March 22, 2023 4:09 pm

I love how you organized your essay to address the different topics discussed in the 1619 project. When you spoke about the inequality and challenges women face, despite the many changes done by activists really compares to my own response as I mention similar points. What are some organizations and community movements that fight against gender inequality in your area?

March 22, 2023 3:59 pm

I really like the language you used and how you talked a lot about the mistreatment of black women in the medical field. There was a lot of useful information here that can be very helpful to a lot of people to explain issues going on in the US. Everything you wrote about worked very well together. Everything was wonderfully written! I also like how you included a part in bringing and creating change.

March 22, 2023 3:55 pm

Thanks for writing this piece. One of my students recently commented that if the men who set policies for our government had to undergo full-term pregnancies, laws would be totally different. Your piece dives into the deep complexities of race, gender, and health disparities in America.

I plan to get some of my students at the U School to read and respond to your classmates’ reflections on the 1619 Project.

Keep asking and pushing for change.

p.s You are blessed to have Ms/ Bentum Bresse as a teacher 🙂

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