Talking about race in Australia is fraught - as it is, of course, everywhere - with specific perils. White settlers wreaked violent havoc on Indigenous people, and continued to wrench away their rights well into the modern era; the newly 'discovered' country, being beautiful and roomy, drew immigrants from many nations, all of whom fought battles to belong; there was the White Australia policy; there is the current refugee crisis on Nauru and Manus. When you put it all together, it can feel like an impossible conversation to begin, a thing of too many layers to parse.
Let's give proper thanks, then, for reporters Monica Tan and Michael Safi, who make this frank and funny podcast for The Guardian. Both with their own unique perspectives on not-being-white in this country, their lively back and forths are bold without being bolshy, respectful without being timid, and cover subjects ranging from the existential (Can someone take advantage of their ethnicity? Does Michael look like Jesus?) to the newsworthy (Is yoga cultural appropriation? Is the media failing Indigenous people?). It's found a place in our permanent listening schedule and we think it will in many of yours.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1: Why are white people feeling threatened? (9 Dec 2015) / Episode 2: Stan Grant: 'The Australian media is incredibly offensive to indigenous people' (16 Dec 2015) / Episode 5: Am I taking advantage of my ethnicity? (8 Feb 2016)
[With the departure of Monica Tan, Token is on indefinite hiatus]