November 17, we hosted a viewing and discussion of the
documentary Cracking the Code, a film
produced by World Trust. The film examines racism and white privilege in the
context of history, culture, and identity, and explains that, fueled by power
and economics, racism plays out both internally within each of us and
externally in our relationships, institutions (institutional racism) and
policies (structural racism).
In the film, people from different racial and cultural
backgrounds tell their moving experiences of racism and white privilege growing
up and living in our country. The filmmakers highlight how all people, whether consciously
or unconsciously, are socialized about and deeply affected by racism and
At intervals throughout the film, we paused for reflection
and table discussion. Participants discussed how to bring the film and the
conversation to a wider audience and to people in their lives. Until we are
willing to have conversations around race and white privilege, we will continue
to perpetuate a system of inequities.