Feedback

Here is some of the feedback we received after our last screening of Cracking the Codes:

One teenager at the event said, "I saw myself in the film!  I was actually in there.  I have never seen myself mirrored back.  I am the black kid parents don't want in their house but it's not about me.  It's about that system."

Another teen said, "I always thought white people just hated blacks.  I never thought about a system being the reason why.  I have to share this with my friends.  They have to just see this film."

The woman I was in dialog with during the film breaks said to me, "Look at me.  I am a 45 year old white woman who is just realizing whiteness.  I have never in my life thought about being white.  I knew others were of color but today I realize I was actually seeing them as less than.  I feel superior that I do not have to been seen as or think about what is means to be colored.  How can I just be seeing this today?!"  She cried.

Another woman I spoke to at the end of the event said, "I am 65. My neighbor, a black woman, told me I was white.  I knew I was white but never in my life realized it actually meant something different than my neighbors blackness.  This is why I came today.  I invited my neighbor but she said she knows what it means to be black.  We laughed.  From now on, I plan to just really listen when I am with her.  Thank you for today." Her eyes shined from tears held back.

Another woman, also white, left after the first section of the film.  On the way out, she said to me, "I can't stay.  This is too much for me to take in.  I have to sit with this first part but I will be back for the next showing.'  She then handed me her email.