Hugh Vasquez

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Hugh Vasquez, Senior Associate, National Equity Project speaks about Internalized Oppression, featured in Section Two “Internal Components”

Joy DeGruy

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Dr. Joy DeGruy, author and professor, discusses interpersonal relationships, also featured in Section Two “Internal Components”

Blog Post on Blog Our Oakland!

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As our November 8th Oakland showing of Cracking the Codes is fast approaching, people are getting excited and spreading the word!  Check out this post from Blog Our Oakland  and don’t forget to purchase tickets, available at the Grand Lake Theater  

The System of Inequity

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Our multi-city film/dialogue tour is in full swing and over 1200 people have already engaged on the topic of systemic inequity with our new film. Now Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity is getting ready to return home to Oakland, November 8th at 6:30pm at the Grand Lake Theater. The film is supported by a critical mass of stories and is anchored by this framing of the self-perpetuating system of racial inequity, narrated by Oakland Poetry Slam finalist Y. Jelal Huyler. “Most of us, if we admit it, feel pretty stuck and helpless when it comes to addressing racism.  It’s the social ‘third’ rail that we either avoid, collide with or both–without much guidance or support. Cracking the Codes is an important breakthrough in helping to turn this around.  Part story telling, part toolbox, this project deftly portrays the complex interplay between the personal, institutional and systemic.  It is an invaluable resource for anyone who has ever wondered how to get this conversation started–and keep it going.” -Makani Themba-Nixon, Executive Director of the Praxis Project CRACKING THE CODES SHIPS TODAY Now with Spanish subtitles, English subtitles for the hard of hearing, and downloadable conversation guide, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity ships today to communities across the country.  Featuring 23 leaders in… Read more »

Aeeshah Clottey: Now is Not the Right Time to Speak

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After a SOLD OUT presentation and enthusiastic participation from the city of Chicago and co-sponsor DePaul University, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity continues its multi-city tour in Boston, October 23rd and 24th and Oakland, November 8th. In honor of our successful world premiere, we are sharing a new clip from the film, featuring Aeeshah Clottey, Co-Founder of Attitudinal Healing Connection.  This clip is featured in the external relationships section of the film which examines interpersonal, institutional, and structural systems in place. Dr. Shakti Butler, film producer and director says, “We are thrilled Aeeshah was able to collaborate with World Trust on Cracking the Codes.  As Co-Founder of  Attitudinal Healing Connection in West Oakland, her mission is to build peaceful, loving communities through creative and educational programs.  Her skills in personal development, community leadership and the arts brings a fresh perspective into the film and her sense of humor brings joy.”

Tim Wise: Unconscious Bias and the Age of Obama

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In this clip author and speaker Tim Wise examines the complexities of unconscious bias in the current “age of Obama.”  In this clip Tim also mentions Project Implicit, a test created by researchers at Harvard and other universities to test implicit association.  Visit Project Implicit.  Click “Demonstration.”  In the list of demonstration tests look for “Race IAT.” Dr. Shakti Butler, film producer and director says, “In this clip Tim talks about the pervasive role of unconscious bias in maintaining the system.  By acknowledging the impact of unconscious bias we can begin making strides towards healing.” A PRE-SALE PRICE $350 $199 will be available until the end of October. Purchase includes a six-month subscription to Racial Equity Learning Modules.

Cracking the Codes Press Release

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World Trust & DePaul University Announce the Premiere of Cracking the Codes in Chicago Thursday September 27th 6pm New Racial Equity Film begins U.S. Tour. Film clips will be braided with dialogue facilitated by Shakti Butler. The event is ideal for people yearning for social change yet wary of conversation about race. Chicago — A multi-city tour of the new documentary film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity will begin with a world premiere and community film/dialogue event in Chicago on Thursday, September 27th at DePaul University in Chicago. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. The film includes moving personal accounts that illuminate a system that perpetuates structural inequity. The film features 23 leaders in the equity movement including: Amer Ahmed, Joy DeGruy, Ise Lyfe, Peggy McIntosh, Hugh Vasquez and Tim Wise. The event is sponsored by DePaul University and is open to the community at large. The collaboration between DePaul and World Trust was natural given DePaul’s focus on educational experiences that weave “mind, people, place and heart.”  “I am delighted that DePaul University can serve as host for the inaugural screening of… Read more »

Connie Heller: Family, Bias & the Front Desk

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 Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity delves into the internal components and external relationships that perpetuate the system of racial inequity. The Internal Components section of the film features Connie Heller describing the impact of bias on her family’s experience trying to check-in to a hotel. It is with powerful stories like Connie’s that the film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity reframes the conversation about race in the U.S. to include systemic inequity. Connie, a philanthropist and activist explains her participation, “Cracking the Codes is particularly important as an educational tool because it reflects the complexity of marginalization and how it works at multiple levels—from individual to systemic—and how we must focus on working at all levels.” Cracking the Codes is designed for dialogue. Says Connie, “By using interviews, art and other modes of engaging material, Cracking the Codes supports the viewer’s capacity to have a rich, fulfilling and purposeful conversation on difficult topics, which ultimately will deepen their capacity as individuals to work for change in all of their spheres of influence.” Currently available for pre-order, the film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity releases at the end of October.  

Hugh Vasquez & Internalized Racism: a Father, a Son and a Photo

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In this clip, Hugh Vasquez from National Equity Project, reveals an intimate story about growing up with Mexican heritage in the United States.  He and his father demonstrate the profound effects of internalized racism.  He says,”I wanted to bring his [my father’s] pains to light so that healing could begin, not just for my dad, but for many others who are held back by internalized racism, including myself.” The film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity contains three sections that correspond to World Trust’s framing of the self-perpetuating system of racial inequity: Section 1: Social Determinants: History, Identity & Culture Section 2: Internal Components: Bias, Privilege, Internalized Racism Section 3: External Relationships: Interpersonal, Institutional, Structural Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity is available for pre-order purchase through September.  Purchase includes a free 6 month subscription to the World Trust’s racial equity learning modules.  Contact us about hosting a film and dialogue event!

Joy DeGruy: “You can’t separate the head and the heart”

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This clip of author and professor, Joy DeGruy is from Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity.  In it she shares how her sister-in-law’s usage of privilege puts an end to an uncomfortable trip to the grocery store. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity reveals how racial inequity in the U.S. is driven by a system in which personal bias, internalized privilege/oppression and identity play out externally in interpersonal encounters, institutions, policy and law. The film designed for dialogue.  It works to interrupt the self-perpetuating system of inequity at both the internal and external levels by using a head and heart approach to racial equity and healing education. Joy DeGruy affirms this approach saying, “To me, there is no separation between the head and the heart.  Racism, social injustice, inequity—all of these things cannot be solved by policy alone.  We can fix the structures in place, but if we don’t look inside ourselves and change our hearts then we’re just putting a band aid on the problem, we’re not really changing the way we think or feel.” Be a part of the conversation and pre-order the film for a discounted rate before our September release!