I didn't start this thread to engage in political discourse, though. It was to ask for career advice. I won't answer any more questions about my political or social beliefs.
my whole young adult life
Taking labor or employment wouldn't have really helped you much for HR, the law is simple. You can pick it up very quickly. Basic employment law is that you can't discriminate based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, disability or age if over 40. Basic labor law is that if the employer violates collective bargining laws, there isn't much downside for them.