Film screening & community discussion: “Race: The Power of An Illusion” being hosted by SURJ Sun., Sept. 25, at 3 PM

surj_race_power_image_webShowing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a community organization, is sponsoring a film screening and community discussion on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Best Video Film & Cultural Center. The event begins at 3 PM. Suggested sliding scale donation $3—10, with proceeds going to the New Haven chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice.

SURJ presents a screening and discussion of the third film in the series RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION. This hour-long episode, “The House We Live In,” focuses on how government institutions shape and create race, giving different groups vastly unequal life chances.

In the early 20th century, the courts were called upon to determine who was white, employing contradictory logic to maintain the color line. After World War II, government policies and subsidies helped create segregated suburbs where Italians, Jews and other not-quite-white European ethnics were able to reap the full advantages of whiteness. The episode reveals how ordinary social institutions quietly channel wealth and opportunity, so that white people benefit from a racist system without personally being racist.

After the film, join us for a welcoming and empowering discussion of how these political legacies shape our own communities, and the strategies that empower and inspire us to respond.

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ works to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.