Breaking Open the Sin of Racism is an eight-part video series by scholars at the University of Dayton, a Catholic, Marianist university, and Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, Ohio. The video series and discussion guide, which became available in July 2021, were prepared for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for use by faith organizations. The series begins with a macro global and historical examination of race and racism and progresses to a microexamination of the interpersonal impact of race and racism.


  1. To increase awareness of white privilege, systemic racism, antiracism, and the normalization of white supremacy, particularly within the context of the Catholic Church.
  2. To foster dialogues among parish members.



Part 1: Racism & Privilege: An Introduction, Dorothy Mensah-Aggrey

Part 2: What Can We Learn from the Genesis of the Idea of Race?, Julio A. Quintero

Part 3: Seeing the Past Clearly, William Vance Trollinger

Part 4: Systemic Racism in Dayton Today, Leslie H. Picca

Part 5: What is Implicit Bias?, Tiffany Taylor

Part 6: Reflections on the Experience of a Black Catholic, Nicole Trahan

Part 7: Inches and Seconds: Thinking About White Privilege, Vincent J. Miller

Part 8: Conclusion: A Bigger Faith, Kelly S. Johnson



Breaking Open the Sin of Racism: A Companion Discussion Guide, University of Dayton