Hello wonderful podcast listener! This is my final episode of Season 10 of the Mo’ Money Podcast, and I want to end this season by discussing something very important to me and quite honestly the human race right now. There are global protests both online and offline to fight against the systemic racism that exists in Canada, the U.S., and the rest of the world.
It’s 2020, and despite all the progress and innovation we’ve made as a society, racism still exists. Inequality still exists. Injustice still exists.
I have been so emotional all week. I’m heartbroken about the innocent lives that have been lost due to police brutality. I’m heartbroken that people of colour have suffered for so long while their white allies (like me) have done nothing to help. Enough is enough. I believe what’s happening right now is a tipping point leading to major change. And I for one want to take action.
One of the things I’ve done is made a choice to no longer support FinCon, a financial conference I’ve attended since 2014. You can find more info on my Twitter page, but let’s just say I am an anti-racist and I refuse to support anyone or any institution that does not uphold those basic values.
The thing with money is it has everything to do with race. Moreover, money can be used to make positive change and fight against racism. One way I’ve been trying to lend support to the black community and the protests is by donating money to various bail funds, victim funds and Black Lives Matter. I will also never be attending FinCon again and as I’ve just received my refund for that event, I will be redirecting those funds to another cause to help people of colour.
Right now isn’t the time to see how things play out or be afraid of not being liked. Right now is the time to speak up and be vocal. It’s time to condemn racism, support people of colour, and not just say you’re an ally, but prove it!
For myself, besides donating money, I’m going to continue to educate myself, I’m going to support more POC businesses, and I will be making the next season of my podcast more diverse in terms of guests. It is something I’ve always tried to do, but just looking at the Season 10 line up, I know I can do way better.
If you want to take action also, below are some ways you can vote with your dollars, as well as a long list of fantastic POC personal finance influencers to support. Please follow them, consume their content, and amplify their platforms. Their voices need to be heard.
Thanks for listening to this episode and supporting me in these 5 years of having the podcast! I’ll be taking a summer hiatus, and will be bringing back the podcast in late August or early September. To stay in the loop, you can follow me on social media or better yet sign up to my email list. I will most likely pop in and do a few special podcast episodes during the summer, but otherwise, I plan on taking this time to focus on a few projects I’ve had on the backburner and make more videos for my YouTube Channel.
Thanks again for listening and I’ll catch you back on the podcast soon!
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/244
We're here! This is it! We've arrived at episode 243, the last interview episode of Season 10 of the Mo' Money Podcast...and my 5-year anniversary of starting this podcast! It is actually insane that I started this show half a decade ago, have interviewed hundreds of guests, and am still going.
I do want to acknowledge that things have been very difficult in the world right now. I have a solo podcast episode that I will drop tomorrow to talk more about it, but if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, then you already know my stance and my feelings about everything. It's been a trying week trying to focus on anything, but I think what's going on right now is so important for us to progress as a society.
But, that's not what this episode is about. For this last interview of the season, I have the amazing Lauren Silbert, VP, General Manager of The Balance (one of my favourite personal finance resources). I recorded this episode a month ago at the beginning of May, and we discussed how to make sense of money (and manage it the best way possible) during this pandemic.
I just learned that in Ontario (where I live), our State of Emergency status has been extended until June 30, so we are still in the thick of it. I have no idea what the rest of the year will look like, but if there's one thing I do know, it's what to do with your money during uncertain times. This is the time to preserve your capital, save up that emergency fund I always talk about, and avoid making any emotional decisions with your money.
Moreover, this is the time to start taking your finances seriously. I know it can feel overwhelming and stressful, but during chaos is the best time to try to create some stability in your financial life. So even though I'll be going on summer hiatus for the show (I'm sure I'll pop in with a few bonus episodes though), take this time to listen to other podcasts, read blogs and books, and make improving your financial literacy your number one priority.
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/243