WALL STREET LOOKS LIKE US NOW | Leon Howard | TEDxFishtown

Leon Howard explains the shift he has studied in todays acclaimed Wall Street and how it is impacting us as everyday citizens. Leon Howard is dedicated to increasing financial literacy in urban America . He was born and raised in New Orleans,La. At the age of 16 he went to prison for 10 years. During that time he educated himself on how to invest in stocks, how banks work and financial literacy. He loves sharing his story, but most importantly he loves bringing value to people. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now it’s as intimate as the chorus of the negro spiritual fireside as we come together and sing in harmony but this bond was built through lashings and wounds of open financial torture but yet we chat joyously of the possibilities of we shall overcome wall street looks

Like us now wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now it’s fear anger grief rage that the cubans felt that blossomed into an exuberant rejoice as che guevara and fidel castro overthrew padista in this wicked wretched regime wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now it’s the fear and terror

Yet the relief that the israelites felt as moses guided them through pharaoh see there’s this this pain this joy there’s this orchestra of emotion that comes with chase chasing freedom as the enigma of trauma is in the foresight of your brain but wall street looks like us now see wealth and information is a merry bond that produces and fertilizes freedom

Opportunity and access wall street looks like us now it’s an anthem it’s a battle cry it’s the uprising of those who fail who fail to be denied the opportunities financial revolutionaries is what we are there’s a new day there’s a new era there’s a new rain there’s a new game that needs to be played that has to be played that will be played see wealth and

Poverty never cared about skin tone it never produced racism but there’s one class there’s one class that fills the entitlement the expectancy of wealth and there’s another class that deals with the harsh reality of poverty wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now see in my 39 years of experience in this life i’ve realized that there’s

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A class that has perpetually increased their wealth through the blatant financial underdevelopment of another class we’ve been bombarded with misinformation a slew of tactics that the forward progress of a class of people a premeditated financial and economic slaughter but no i’m not here to talk about the inadequacies of wealth nah i’m not here to say tax

The rich give to the poor i’m not here for that but what i am here to say is that we can play the game wall street is a machine that prints freedom that prints equality because the person at the table with money now has a voice and what if i told you you could print that money not the illegal way but the way that the wealthy have been doing for generation after

Generation after generation it’s owning the same companies that market and use our data religiously it’s by owning the same banks it’s by owning those banks through the stock market it’s by getting dividends from those banks and then using financial institutions as our modern day trap house how do we get back to the trap trap it’s simple i’ve realized that the

Fortune 500 companies operate the same as the gangsters on the corner how trap marketing branding all the same it’s just a different product wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now this is what o.w girly stood for yes this is what o.w gurley meant when he took 40 acres and didn’t charge his counterparts he

Told them go blossom this is what reginald white meant when he said white guys shouldn’t have all the fun wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now there’s a game played between the financial predator and the financial prey let’s look at the lion and the safari we all know this at the hierarchy of the food chain

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And the cubs must adapt to the same strategy that the elders use he must learn to hunt he must learn to ambush he must learn to be ferocious so that his food chain his place on the food chain lasts forever so he must be fearless he must be merciless in his appetite where the gazelle the zebra the water buffalo the impala lives a life of defense even one day

Watching helplessly as he watched a family member from the herd get devoured knowing helplessly he doesn’t have the tools to adequately save his counterpart and in that moment it becomes apparent that he too can die that same grotesque death wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now how long have we watched our parents work two and three jobs

Only to barely survive and then pass that same that same scarcity down to us wall street looks like us now it’s a battle cry wall street looks like us now it’s the equalizer wall street looks like us now says i don’t need a gun because the information now equips me for this battle wall street looks like us now during this pandemic we watch the wealthy increase

Their wealth by 5 trillion dollars to this day but yet we paid chase a ppp loan the insult of a stimulus check but yet america is 30 trillion dollars in debt and growing if i look at you as debt clock.org now i don’t know where you from but where i’m from if you overdraft a couple times you get a cute little message that says insufficient funds you may even

Get a little call mr trapper we would love for you to come in so we can handle and make some adjustments to your account so how is it that at 30 trillion dollars one class has the opportunity to continue to print money i mean it said to us that we must work until we’re 40 we must work 40 years until we’re 65 but yet the money printer never stops sprinting

See the wealthy and a certain class of people have learned from their elders how to prepare for economic winters a certain class of people prepares for black friday religiously while a certain class of people prepares for real estate bus for stock market crashes for low interest economic situations where they can borrow other people’s money buy assets let the

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Assets pay off the debt and then increase the wealth in the trap we call that making money during a drought wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now it’s me saying that we are renegotiating that contract no longer will we work two and three jobs to survive no longer will we accept the scarcity mindset no longer will i continue to trade time

For money no no i will trade money for time because time is the one thing that i could never get back time my dear friends is the ultimate luxury and you buy back your time not by hard work but by great investments wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now i tell you this i tell you this because this is not

Your grandfather’s investor i don’t look like the two men from trading places nah i come from the hoods of new orleans louisiana i stood in those abandoned houses i slept in those abandoned cars until this day i stand in front of you knowing that i can go on wall street and talk with any trader investor and loot him i am the wall street trapper i stand on it

I believe in it it’s better than blue magic wall street looks like us now wall street looks like us now and i leave you with this that financial literacy be the keys that unlock your birthright and give you a life of prosperity wealth and abundance let us now make the sacrifices that are necessary to turn our last names into assets let us now breathe life

Into the next generations so that we can abolish the scarcity mindset and equip them with the tools to play financial offense let the consequences of wealth be a lifetime of freedom wall street looks like us now thank you

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