I was expecting your father's reluctance to give up his driver's lisence as a sign of our problems. Some older folk accept this part of life gracefully; others wait until they drive over someone--and even then . . . .
Anyways, this essay is well done. A great angle to show us that racism is still very much with us. I like to think that progress has been made in the past 100 years, but it might indeed just be window dressing. For sure, the USA seems to be going backwards.
As for reforming the education system, the 74 m people would vociferiously oppose such a reform because the reforms just could be "too liberal." USA is stuck. So that solution is not going to work.
Nor will more amateur writers and philosophers writing more "liberal" articles and posting them on the internet bring us to a new way of thinking.
Instead, these people have to SHOW, not tell.
I have talked to you before about Tiered Democratic Governance. Early builders of the TDG have to work with people outside their usual social circle or echo chamber. The TDG needs to be taken from theory and into practice. It needs to be started by 100s of people, not just me. When these builders SHOW that different demographics can work together, that will be an important sign that we are moving forward.