What’s the point of a Black crypto group?
Why would Black people need their own crypto group?
Those are frequently asked questions when some encounter the name of this group. Black People & Cryptocurrency exists to redress economic injustices – such a redlining, predatory lending, underfunding of startup founders/businesses (https://deidraramseymcintyre.medium.com/democrats-hate-black-people-e40a3dfdc764?sk=3acbedfd417246e7d20e0f80b5e3cca9) – within the crypto and non-crypto world. It falls on Black people to identify bank/financial industry injustices and either find a solution in the existing crypto ecosystem or build a solution as put forth in the decentralized vision exemplified in the Bitcoin white paper. BPC is not “anti-White,” or “anti-other non-Black people” but like women’s groups, regional organizations, religious-specific groups, or other cultural organizations we prioritize and celebrate a Pan-African perspective to economic freedom within the framework of decentralized economics.
Black People and Cryptocurrency began as a Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/blackpeoplecryptocurrency/) in September 2017 as a push back against crypto MLMs targeting Black people via social media communities. The initial goal was to educate Black People on how to individually purchase Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies; teach the management of their seed phrases, pins, and private keys; to discuss the global ecosystem; and to highlight Black startup founders in the sector. BPC is the oldest publicly searchable Black crypto group on Facebook and has more than 13k members. In 2021, BPC remains a vehicle of crypto education and exposure for Black startup founders.
Some of our accomplishments include being a 3-time presenter/moderator at Black Blockchain Summit (https://blackblockchainsummit.com/) in Washington, DC. BBS is the oldest US Black conference that is co-produced by African-American, African, and Caribbean leaders in crypto. Serving as a MouseBelt Ambassador (https://www.mousebelt.com/) to encourage HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) students to partake of free blockchain education/mentorships afforded to blockchain labs at colleges and universities worldwide. Hosting two panels for the May 2020 debut of the ReImagine (https://www.ri2020.io/) live stream series with members in our network covering the themes of NFTs/Blockchain games and Energy on the blockchain. Speaking on crypto for organizations including Hip Hop Con Brooklyn Tech Week (https://www.brooklyntechweek.org/event/hip-hop-tech-con-2020/) and Tastemakers’ Africa (https://tastemakersafrica.com/) to name a few.
BPC also authored and maintains the longest list of Black people in blockchain and cryptocurrency. BPC’s Black on the Blockchain List (https://medium.com/swlh/rip-the-band-aid-the-only-list-of-black-people-in-blockchain-cryptocurrency-you-will-ever-need-75ca1c08a7b2?sk=2b3b5221fa891a57a570b15b7124bc96) debuted in September 2019 at Black Blockchain Summit with 100 individuals and now boasts more than 200. BPC can be found on Twitter as @Cryptoppl (https://twitter.com/CryptoPpl).