How to make FI more inclusive | With Chris Browning of Popcorn Finance | Ep 216


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There's a difference between saying that I personally am not discriminating against anyone, versus I am actively speaking out against situations where I see others discriminated against…. I'm not even saying it's easy. Cause I mean, there's been situations where I've seen things that I thought were wrong and you just don't feel the courage to do it. You don't feel strong enough.

– Chris Browning

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What You'll Get Out Of Today's Show

  • Chris shares his personal perspective on growing up as a black man in America.
  • He reflects on how systemic racism has made it harder for the black community to discover and pursue FI.
  • He then shares several ways we in the FI community can help, including:
    • doing the easier things like being inclusive of people from other races.
    • doing the harder things that require more courage, like standing up and being anti-racist.
    • amplifying the message of finance experts in the African-American community (see “Chris' list …” below).
    • voting with your dollars (see “Resources Mentioned …” below) or your ballot.

Resources Mentioned In Today's Conversation

Chris' list of African-American Finance Experts

Other Strong Black Voices on ChooseFI:

Helpful Books

Your Financial Resilience Toolkit

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6 thoughts on “How to make FI more inclusive | With Chris Browning of Popcorn Finance | Ep 216”

  1. I want to thank you guys for approaching this very disturbing and difficult topic and for reaching out to Chris. As an African-American woman who follows your Podcasts, probably since January of this year, I can honestly say I’ve never felt that you weren’t talking to me, that you weren’t encouraging me, but had it not been a podcast say we had to meet up at event, I would’ve had those thoughts. Thoughts of am I really welcome here, will the real conversation start once I leave the room or did it already start before I arrived and now stop because I’m there. This is a problem for the African-American community this is a problem that’s pervasive and prevalent throughout the American Society of American culture. It is a problem that has so many layers that finding a place to begin… frankly, can be overwhelming. But I just say thank you, thank you for reaching out and thank you that you were willing to listen and felt it was an important enough topic that you wanted to include it on your platform.

  2. Thanks for highlighting Chris. ChooseFI really has been focused on wealthier white people. Just look at your historical guests. It’s natural as you are two white guys who can relate more with other white guys and gals. I think Jillian is white and the other woman who is on the podcast is white.

    It’s OK to hire and work with people of your same background, but it naturally feels exclusionary.

    Can you share your the race of your FB moderators?

    I’m thankful you guys are trying!

  3. I’ve been binge-listening to your podcast which I’ve recently discovered. I knew I’d keep listing but THIS Episode! Oh my goodness 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Maybe because it goes beyond ME and MY money and MY success. Thank you!

  4. The conversation with Chris was important. Hearing his voice and experiences were important. As a POC, I can relate to his feeling of not feeling welcome in certain situations if someone isn’t explicitly welcoming. I wish he’d been asked less on what else can be done to include folks. A burden we BIPOC experience is pressure to teach others what needs to be done when we are also trying to figure it out ourselves on top of dealing with the racism. People need to educate themselves first, face their own implicit biases and understand the depth of systemic racism instead of asking BIPOC to lead them. Doing the internal work of understanding and facing racism ensures you don’t perpetuate it and demonstrates commitment to finding solutions that might become more clear after in-depth examination. Thank you for having him on. His voice gives me hope of achieving FI.

  5. I agree with Vanessa’s comment above. I think that this podcast came from a good place of wanting to be more inclusive, and it’s great that you brought Chris on the show so we listeners can hear from him. At the same time, all the questions posed to Chris asking what you can do to be more inclusive to the Black community was putting pressure on him to teach and educate you. As most of us are learning, non-Black allies need to do the work first – we need to educate ourselves first because there are tons of resources already out there.

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