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.  

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!