Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within and builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.
Cracking the Codes supports institutions and communities to deepen and shift the framing of racial disparities. The current conversation is not only shallow, but actually harmful. We continue to primarily focus on individuals, when institutional and structural inequities are the bigger problem.
The film contains three sections that correspond to World Trust’s framing of the self-perpetuating system of racial inequity:
- 1st Section: Social Determinants: History, Identity & Culture
- 2nd Section: Internal Components: Bias, Privilege, Internalized Racism
- 3rd Section: External Relationships: Interpersonal, Institutional, Structural
The film features moving stories from twenty-four racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Harley Eagle, Ericka Huggins, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tillman Smith and Tim Wise.
“Excellent! This tool will aid our campuses in advancing the conversation.”
– Gary Roberts, Executive Director, American College Personnel Assoc.
“‘Cracking the Codes’ is a smart, timely and necessary challenge to the nation to address what race means to all of us.”
– Maya Wiley, Founder, The Center for Social Inclusion
Related content: “Listening Deeply”
“Listening Deeply” is a curated collection of films and study guides about systemic injustice. This program features twenty critically-acclaimed films, including award-winning miniseries, an Oscar-nominated film and a video of Maya Angelou’s electrifying poem “Still I Rise.” The program offers insight into the social, political, and economic forces causing racial tension and upheaval in our world. With exposure to true-to-life stories comes an opportunity to bring planetary healing by acknowledging and confronting the persistent gaps of injustice and inequality. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the ongoing systemic cycles of oppression and to strengthen the globally-connected movement for unity and peace.