George Floyd's death at the hands of a police officer has caused an outpouring of anger, prompting national protests in cities across the US. The world looks on as America grapples with ongoing racism, police brutality, protests - all in the midst of a pandemic. And here in Australia, it's made us look at the way in which we have mistreated our First Nations people, for centuries. At the weekend tens of thousands of Australians peacefully protested the death of Indigenous people in police custody.
And so while this podcast usually sets out to solve the world's less pressing issues, I wanted to ensure that we acknowledge that systemic racism is a massive problem that should be talked about.
Mitch Tambo is a proud Gamilaraay man who has brought his First Nations culture to Australia's Got Talent, Eurovision: Australia Decides, and the massive Fire Fight fundraiser concert that took place back in February. Mitch is passionate about his own culture but also very keen to help others embrace theirs. Though this episode was recorded prior to George Floyd's death, Mitch's insights speak so well into the current climate - particularly the urgent need for understanding, respect and an ability to listen well.
Mitch Tambo is on Facebook @MitchTambo and on Instagram @MitchTambo. His new song LOVE is out now on all streaming platforms.
Our conversation will continue in our next episode (dropping this Thursday) as we cross to the United States to discuss Black Lives Matter and systemic racism. So, be sure to hit subscribe.
Some further reading:
'How to be a good Indigenous Ally' by Summer May Finlay, NITV News.
'There cannot be 432 victims and no perpetrators...' by Amy McQuire, The Saturday Paper.
'Here are the practical ways you can support Aboriginal Lives Matter' by James Purtill, triple j's Hack.
'Indigenous issues can be daunting - here are 10 positive ways to engage' - triple j's Hack.
Listen and learn with the Black Lives Matter collection at SBS On Demand - SBS.
Thanks for listening to the show, I'm genuinely thankful that you did. If you enjoyed it, please hit 'subscribe' on Apple Podcasts, or 'follow' on Spotify. And leaving a rating and review really does help get the word out, so feel free to do so!
Connect with the show:
What Shall We Do About...? is hosted and produced by Sam Robinson, who is on Twitter @samsquareeyes.