Cracking The Codes: The System of Racial Inequality

 The film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity will be in the DePaul Library in mid-to-late October.  You can find out more about the film and the filmmaker Shakti Butler through World Trust.

Resources and Handouts Shared in Open Forums  with Dr. Shakti Butler:
Iris Marion Young, “Five Faces of Oppression,” Justice and the Politics of Difference (1990).  Available:

Bill Moyers talks with Angela Glover Blackwell, “An Optimist for Our Times” can be found: 

Collective Impact, by John Kania and Mark Kramer, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011.  Can be found:

Bill Moyers talks with Khalil Muhammad on Facing Our Racial Past.  Can be found at: 

Making Change Happen: Power:

“Systems Thinking and Race: An Overview”; can be found:

 Business of Detention: Cracking Down on Immigration and Locking Up Profits.

Organizational Sustainability in Chaotic Times, can be accessed by typing in the title into Google. 

 Praise for Cracking the Codes
“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.” – Makani Themba-Nixon, The Praxis Project

“Smart, timely and necessary challenge to the nation to address what race means to all of us.” – Maya Wiley, The Center for Social Inclusion

“Cracking the Codes asks viewers to understand the costs of systemic racial inequity. Building a world that works for everyone isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the only way to fulfill the American Dream. This unconventional film project challenges us to do just that. ” - Van Jones, Co-Founder, Rebuild the Dream

Thank you to all the cosponsors and organizers of the DePaul film screenings and dialogues with Shakti Butler.

Organized by DePaul’s Center for Intercultural Programs, the Egan Urban Center, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, President’s Diversity Council and Women’s and Gender Studies, with the cosponsorship and support of the following within DePaul: African and Black Diaspora Studies; Art, Media and Design; Beck Research Initiative; Blue for Peace; Building Communities, Ending Violence; Center for Black Diaspora; Center for Intercultural Programs; Center for Interreligious Engagement; Center for Latino Research, Latin American/Latino Studies; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Geography; Educational and Policy Research Studies; Global Asian Studies; History Department; Humanities Center; International Studies; Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies; Philosophy; Political Science Department; Religious Studies; Social Work Program; School for New Learning; Sociology; Steans Center; Vincentian Endowment Fund; Women’s Center.

Our Chicago Community partners: Chicago Area Project, Community Justice for Youth Institute, The DuSable Museum and Project NIA.

Questions? Ann Russo,