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Courageous Conversations About Race: Keeping Children of Color Safe In A Racist World

Start time/date: Feb  3, 2013 1:00 PM
End time/date: Feb  3, 2013 5:00 PM
Place: Kaiser Hospital Building
Rm. 1200-C, 12th Floor
280 W MacArthur Blvd., Oakland CA 94611

Courageous Conversations about Race

Keeping Children of Color Safe in a Racist World


Shakti Butler will present clips from her new documentary film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, which asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. The film features moving personal accounts that illuminate the system that perpetuates structural inequity from 23 leaders in the equity movement including: Amer Ahmed, Joy DeGruy, Ise Lyfe, Peggy McIntosh, Hugh Vasquez and Tim Wise as well as our own Connie Gallambos-Malloy (Pact’s former Teen Club Coordinator and adult adoptee). Why does it so often take tragedy (like the murder of Trayvon Martin or Oscar Grant) to remind us of the dire risks to children of color in the too often dangerous racial landscape that is America?

Supporting children while they make sense of race can feel overwhelming for parents. We will discuss how to talk effectively with young people as they experience racism in both overt and subtle way. How do we have conversations about racism that feel empowering rather than depressing? How can adults master their own anxieties about the dangers of raising their children? “In these divisive times, one of our goals is to deepen the conversation,” says Shakti Butler, “Film lends support by allowing folks to see the multiple ways we walk through the world. Dialogue rekindles our connection to one another and enables us to hold paradox: Your experience is different than mine. The world is not only the way I see it.  To heal the wounds of racism and dismantle systemic inequity, we must be able to hold that paradox. And we can, for in our heart of hearts we all want to create a world that works for everyone.”

Featured Speaker: Dr. Shakti Butler


Dr. Shakti Butler is a multiracial African-American woman (African, Arawak Indian, and Russian-Jewish) whose work as a creative and visionary bridge builder has challenged and inspired learning for over two decades. She is the producer and director of groundbreaking documentaries including The Way Home, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, and her film in production Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. This latest film uses story, theater and music to illuminate the larger frame of structural/systemic racial inequity.




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Cost For Non-Members: $42 

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