Conversations for people trying to understand the value in their racial and cultural identity.
Race Matters is a weekly show, airing live on Sydney’s FBi Radio each Monday at 5:30pm. It sees Sara Khan and Darren Lesaguis chat race, culture, arts and current affairs with a range of guests.
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Episode 62: Karen Whomst?
We're back together in the studio this week, IRL! What better time to unpack the phenomenon of white women weaponising race (and often, tears) against Black and First Nations people. Why do they do it? And why is it so dangerous to claim victimhood over being called a Karen? Plus, stick around 'til the end of the episode for some exciting news about Race Matters moving forward.
Episode 61: Black Thoughts (with Ziggy Ramo)
As the Black Lives Matter movement draws attention to ongoing systemic racism the world over, rapper Ziggy Ramo has just dropped an album that speaks so directly to this moment – but it was actually written five years ago. He takes us through his thought process around releasing the record now, how he decides when to engage with racist rhetoric, and disrupting Eurocentric standards of beauty. Listen to 'Black Thoughts' by Ziggy Ramo, out now on all streaming services.
Episode 60: Next Steps
It's been a WEEK. Right now we're seeing growing and unprecedented recognition of racism and police brutality – in the States, globally, and of course, here on our soil. So where to from here? How do we sustain this energy today, tomorrow and forever? This episode we're talking about things you can do to keep up the fight against racism. We’ve made some steps, but we've got a long way to go, and a lot of work to do.
Episode 59: I Can't Breathe
“I can’t breathe” were some of George Floyd’s last words, before his death at the hands of police. This was the same phrase Eric Garner repeated as he was fatally restrained by police in 2014. It’s also the same phrase that Dunghutti man David Dungay repeated in 2015 as he was fatally restrained by prison guards, here in Sydney. As Black Lives Matter protests continue in the States, there are impossible-to-ignore links to the ongoing colonial violence in Australia. We discuss the importance of taking action, paying reparations and constantly challenging white supremacy and anti-Bla(c)kness.
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that this episode mentions the name of people who have passed away. This episode also discusses racialised violence and police brutality.
Episode 58: Why Don't You Say So? (with Carolina De La Piedra)
Between Doja Cat and Lana Del Rey, there is some hectic race-related controversy bouncing around pop music right now. We unpack Lana's dripping-in-white-woman-fragility Instagram rant. Plus, Carolina De La Piedra fills us in on what's going on with Doja, namely her alleged involvement in some incel, white supremacist chat rooms and the resurfacing of an unreleased track of hers based around a racial slur.
Episode 57: Never Have I Ever... Seen Myself On Screen
Mindy Kaling's new teen Netflix comedy-drama is being hailed as a watershed moment for South Asian representation. But what does that really mean, when the bar is already so low, if not non-existent? We talk about what Never Have I Ever got right, what it got wrong, and what it meant to us.
Episode 56: A Man Was Lynched Yesterday
Between 1920 and 1938, a flag bearing the words "A man was lynched yesterday" was flown from the headquarters of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People in the United States. But as the recent murder of Ahmaud Arbery shows, lynching is far from a thing of the past. This week, we unpack the ongoing struggle to confront and convince the wider community of systemic racism, and the role white people play in upending or upholding these systems. Warning: this episode contains discussions of racialised violence.
Episode 55: Humour and Desire (with Janette Chen)
Chinese-Australian author Janette Chen walks us through translating formative experiences onto the page and the pivotal role stationery had in getting her started as a writer. You can read Janette's stories in Sweatshop Women Volume One and Two. Plus, Sara and Tanya catch up on what's been keeping us going this week as we continue to navigate isolation.
Episode 54: Privilege in Isolation
It’s been over a month since the government advised self isolation and social distancing across Australia. A LOT has happened since then... including some deeply misguided at best, unhinged at worst celeb moments (hey Madonna + Gal Gadot, we see you!). In this ep, we reflect on how experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic differs depending on your race, your socioeconomic status, your level of privilege.
Episode 53: Top of the List
One of the silver linings of this strange moment is that many of us are finding ourselves with a bit of extra time on our hands. Why not spend it with some of the art made by our communities? We put the question to you: what PoC-led media are you loving right now? Hear from listeners + past guests alike on what pop culture they can't get enough of. Plus, local pop icon and past guest Rainbow Chan tells us how she's practising self-care in social isolation.
Full list of the media plugged in this ep: On My Block (Netflix) / @amandabb (Youtube) / Small Doses by Amanda Seales (Booktopia) / Spa Night (SBS On Demand) / HEAVN by Jamila Woods (Spotify) / Priya Krishna (Instagram) / Homebound (To be released; on Instagram @homeboundmovie) / The Family Law (SBS On Demand; Google Play) / Dragon Prince (Netflix) / Man Like Mobeen (Netflix) / Dear White People (Netflix).