22-year-old student Brendan Busch is angry and frustrated about Australian racism and denial, particularly in relation to First Nations peoples.
He's spoken out against Andrew Bolt receiving a platform at the 2016 Festival of Dangerous Ideas and garnered some media attention last month when he offered to give away his Falls Festival ticket to anyone who could prove they had convinced radio station triple j to change the date of their massive annual song countdown, the Hottest 100, from "Australia Day" on January 26th.
Here Brendan (eloquently) explains his thinking and the ideas behind the #changethedate movement, reacts to the subsequent response from triple j and the public and discusses the murky distinctions between the expression of "challenging views" and hate speech, holding our public institutions to account and how we balance the importance of calling out racism with the goal of actually changing people's minds.
Boundless Plains To Share at the Belvoir Theatre, January 2017
Comedy 4 Karma in Daylesford, Saturday October 15th
Brendan's letter in Independent Australia: An Open Letter to Creators of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas
Footage of Andrew Bolt's session at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas
Article: triple j Hottest 100 Man Starts Competition to Change The Date
Article: Briggs Reckons triple j Should Change The Hottest 100 Date
triple j statement: triple j's Hottest 100 is staying on January 26...for now. And here's why.
January 26th by A.B. Original on YouTube
Hack Live: Aussie Patriots
change.org petition: triple j, change the date of the Hottest 100
Article: White Fragility: Why It's So Hard To Talk To White People About Racism
Cause of the Week: Clinton's Walk For Justice (clintonswalkforjustice.org), on StartSomeGood, on FB