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Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

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From Shakti Butler, the director of The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America and Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible , comes a new film that asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. 

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity features moving stories from racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Ericka Huggins, Humaira Jackson, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tilman Smith and Tim Wise.

Following are clips from the film. To stream the full film, download the conversation guide and learn about the racial equity learning modules please visit www.crackingthecodes.org.

Part 1: Trailer. 4 mins

Part 2: Fear & Envy - Author and anti-racism advocate Tim Wise talks about how media plays a role in creating whites' fear and envy of people of color and other barriers that keep whites from developing authentic personal relationships with people of color. 2 mins

Part 3: A Trip to the Grocery Store - Author and educator Joy DeGruy shares how her sister-in-law uses her white privilege to stand up to systemic racial inequity. 4 mins

Part 4: Personal Bias - Ise Lyfe and Tilman Smith discuss the consequences of racial inequity in the public school system. 4 mins

Part 5: Identity & Culture - Poet and Hip hop artist Y. Jelal Huyler and Peggy McIntosh feature in this short clip. 1 min

Part 6: Power Analysis - Racial Equity Learning Module on Power Analysis. 7 mins

Part 7: Interpersonal Relationships  - Aeeshah Clottey shares an experience in the classroom as a college student. 1 min

Part 8: Structural Relationships - With Rinku Sen, Executive Director of the Applied Research Centre. 1 min

Part 9: Institutional Relationships - With Rinku Sen, Executive Director of the Applied Research Centre. 2 mins

Part 10: Interpersonal Relationships - with Connie Heller. 1 min

Part 11: Internalized Oppression- with Hugh Vasquez. 1 min

Part 12: Connie Heller explains how structural racism impacts her decision about where to raise her children. 3 mins

Part 13: Systems of Inequity - This clip features interviews with Ise Lyfe, Tillman Smith, Terry Kelleher and Connie Heller 5 mins

Part 14: History, Identity and Culture -  This clip features interviews with Ericka Huggins, Hugh Vasquez, Josh Begley and Jacquelyn Featherston. 14 mins

Part 15: Unconscious Bias - This clip features Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Rinku Sen, Suzanne LePeintre, Tilman Smith, Tim Wise, Robin Parker, and Yuko Kodama. 7 mins.

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