We've got all of this week's crypto headlines — and our guest this week is Isaiah Jackson, the author of Bitcoin And Black America.
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Here's what happened on this week's show:
News Roundup: Crypto Struggles, Bitcoin City, ConstitutionDAO, Mr Goxx Dies
Bitcoin has now been struggling to regain bullish momentum for a second week.
This has been linked to the continued strength of the U.S. Dollar Index, which has hit its highest level in 2021. And in other news, the Federal Reserve has hinted that it may taper its money printing program — and increase interest rates — earlier than previously planned. Some analysts fear these developments make BTC less attractive.
CoinMarketCap's Molly Jane Zuckerman is also here with a look at this week's crypto headlines. El Salvador's president, Nayib Bukele, has announced bold plans to build an entire city devoted to Bitcoin. Meanwhile, the fallout from ConstitutionDAO continues — with high gas fees eroding the value of refunds, and the organization announcing plans to shut down for good. Last but by no means least, we discuss the sad news that Mr Goxx, the hamster that achieved fame by trading cryptocurrencies, has died.
Bitcoin and Black America
Our guest this week is Isaiah Jackson, the author of Bitcoin And Black America. He explains how cryptocurrencies are offering a powerful alternative after decades of racial bias in the banking system:
"Bitcoin allows you to hold your wealth without someone being able to take it away from you … I think Bitcoin shows promise that I haven't seen in any other technology before."
Isaiah explains how the book discusses his personal story, and how he got started in Bitcoin back in 2013.
"There's a lot of things that the black community asks for, but we don't really have the leverage to get it, which is why we're overlooked a lot. You can say to yourself: 'Hey, we use Bitcoin as a peaceful protest.' We can actually move our funds out of this system into Bitcoin. And that would actually give us more leverage when we discuss politics in this country and how we can get things done. So I think all of that is positive for the black community, and there's no barrier to entry. We have equal opportunity."