Knowledge is strength: The best Australian documentaries, books and podcasts about racial inequality for NAIDOC Week

Listen, watch, educate.

By Jess Pullar
In a world of uncertainty, knowledge and awareness is more powerful than anything.
We live in a society where people claim to be kind, compassionate, aware and forward-thinking.
Yet somewhere along the way, we've fallen short in one very clear space.
Racial equality and diversity in a multitude of industries is despairingly lacking, and it's time something was done about it.
This issue is in no way new - in fact, it's as old as time itself as black and Indigenous communities and people of colour have been subject to systematic racism in a society that has - until now at least - turned a blind eye.
But enough is enough - the confronting nature of the George Floyd protests earlier this year were case in point.
We do have the potential to bring change to society (no matter how big or small that change is), and it is pertinent that we understand that - especially here in Australia.
Since 1991, 432 Indigenous Australians have died in custody. That's simply not good enough.
And so, we ponder. "What can I do?" You ask. What can one person do to help solve an issue that's grown, spiralled and spanned across hundreds of years?
The first, and most important step is to simply be aware.
At some point or another, it's incredibly likely that any given white person has subconsciously said something or actioned something in a way skewed towards systematic racism.
But never before has this reality been so clear to us as concerning stories, facts and anecdotes from people of colour increasingly appear on our social media feeds.
The Black Lives Matter movement has swept the globe like never before - and it's for a very important reason. (Getty)
Now, as NAIDOC Week takes place in Australia, the perfect opportunity to truly listen, learn and work towards changing societal mindsets is right in front of us.
Of course, it's easy to get lost in the sea of content currently pouring out across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
So instead of wading through everything, we have found some of the best podcasts, books documentaries for you to watch, read and listen to.
If this issue is going to be solved, even in small ways, we need to keep talking about it - and it all starts with knowledge.
After watching any of the below podcasts and documentaries, we encourage you to continue the conversation - share them with your friends, and talk about them.
Change begins with the individual - and it's on us to make that happen.