On today’s episode, we started with the body cam footage released from the LASD Police Department showing the shooting death of 27-year old Niani Finalayson. This Black woman was shot in her home in front of her child after she called the police to help her.
For the second half of the show, we spend time responding to a letter from a long-time listener we have come to appreciate. The challenges brought forth really illuminate the thinking that is prevalent in a big part of this country, so we rehash the monopoly concept we have used before on the show, as well as reframe the narrative of ‘White Privilege.’
Our Way Black History Fact is based around a retelling of New Year’s Day from a Black slave’s perspective. We discuss what was known as “Hiring Day” or “Heartbreak Day.”
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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.