In the first half of the show, Ramses tells a story of a recent profiling incident that put him at odds with a police officer in a neighborhood into which he is planning to move. He tells of how police will often exaggerate, change their story, or sometimes outright lie in order to justify their prejudice and profiling under the name of keeping the peace.
In the second half of the show, we ask ‘Who gets to decide who lives or dies?’ We cite recent examples of people who were needlessly killed because they made the (White) people in the story feel afraid. The problem is further illuminated when we show how these killers are often celebrated as heroes for protecting everyone against the (Black) threat.
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About Civic Cipher
Civic Cipher is a weekly radio show hosted by Ramses Ja and Q. Ward. This show is dedicated to empowering Black and Brown voices, allowing them to engage directly with their communities as well as the general population. Self-determination is critical to securing a future free of oppressive systems, and Civic Cipher exists to facilitate discussions toward this end. Furthermore, Civic Cipher seeks to inform non-POC allies who may not be privy to these types of discussions and optics. Finally, Civic Cipher seeks to provide long-form conversations in spaces where there is often a lack of significant resources, potent dialogue, or the necessary engagement for facilitating a healthy and productive civil discourse.