In the first half of the show, we discuss a viral incident where police were called on a Black couple shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond for having expensive items in their cart. We discuss the harmful stereotypes associated with Black people and how they shape our lives.
In the second half of the show, we talk about how Black protesting is often rebranded as rioting, how rioting is not chronicled with an emphasis on fear when the (incredibly frequent) riots are based on a sports team winning or losing, and ask about the moral implications of allowing one’s preconceptions and stereotypes to shape their world view.
Listen to Civic Cipher every Sunday morning at 7am on Hot 98.3!
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.