We acknowledge that this guide and all work we undertake as FBi Radio happens on the stolen land of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their elders past and present. Redfern, where our studio is based, is the heartland of Aboriginal resistance and resilience in Australia. This land has been in the hands of generations of Gadigal custodians for thousands of years before us and will be for thousands of years to come. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.
We also recognise that FBi is built off and benefits from Black culture and experiences. The vast majority of the music we play and the art forms we consume are rooted in Black culture. The music industry at large has a long history of appropriating Black music, fashion and art forms, and continues to profit from them this to this day. We recognise our privilege and role in this, and are committed to amplifying, platforming and centring Black and First Nations voices through our programming, content and music programming. We also have a lot of work to do, and are committed to doing better.
Without conflating First Nations and African experiences, we are acutely aware of the parallels between African-American and Indigenous-Australian experiences of violence, police brutality and incarceration. Anybody in Australia who is angered by the American political climate needs to pay attention to those parallels.
Unlearning anti-Bla(c)kness means putting in the work, now and ongoing. This is a non-exhaustive list compiled by our community to help you do that work, as well as ways to pay the rent. It’s a resource to accompany the important work led by Black and First Nations organisations. When supporting causes, particularly financially, we encourage you to do your research and ensure that the organisations you choose to support are Black or First Nations-led.
If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, there is no better time to start than right now.