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The Hall Street Journal is an online publication: Our goals are to educate, edify, enlighten & entertain. Gain deeper insights to the issues that affect you.
The Hall Street Journal is an online publication: Our goals are to educate, edify, enlighten & entertain. Gain deeper insights to the issues that affect you.

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The first thing you do in crafting a plan for your future is to take a picture of your present.
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The Plan is the beginning of us getting specific in honing in on our individual and personal financial success and circumstances.
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The goal is to help you achieve financial freedom by increasing your understanding and guiding you through the process of creating wealth for yourself and your family.
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In this video we discuss The Parallels. They are just a few ideas that help us to illustrate the power of the process we’ll use to solve our clearly defined problems, and there are three different parallels that we examine.
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In this video we talk about the basic idea behind how we solve our financial problems.
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WHY BLACK PEOPLE BURN THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS
If you want to know why poor black people are burning their own neighborhoods, just ask Mohamed Bouazizi why he burned his own body. If you don't know his story, then you ought to read about it. He was the 26 year old fruit vendor whose act of self immolation started the Arab Spring, bringing down dictatorships, sparking revolution, and changing the history of the world.

Like poor black people, Mohamed lived in the inner city, had little more than a high school education and struggled to survive. His big dream was to buy a work truck. Like poor black people, Mohamed faced abuses and humiliation at the hands of the "police". Like poor black people, Mohamed went to the authorities when a police officer mistreated him - and was turned away...his cries for justice went unheard.

From this place of hopelessness, Mohamed did the unthinkable. He did something that would make no sense to a person who feels protected under the law. He went to the steps of City Hall, doused himself in gasoline, and set himself on fire. The President visited for purely political purposes. Mohamed lingered for days and then died, some would say at his own hand.

But I say he died at the hands of an oppressive political system that painted him into the corner of impoverishment, then came to that corner and leaned into him with the blade of state sponsored injustice, then covered his mouth when he screamed. You've got to put yourself in those shoes in order to understand what he did...but poor blacks in the inner cities have worn them for a long time.
Martin Luther King said that "Riots are the language of the unheard." Unfortunately only the unheard understand it, and the heard stand on the sidelines asking questions like "Why would you burn your own neighborhood?" or "How does setting yourself on fire get your fruit cart back?" It's called "self immolation" and it's been practiced for centuries, often as an act of political protest.
Oppressed people burn their neighborhoods and even their own bodies in a desperate attempt to finally BE HEARD. Say whatever you want about poor blacks in Baltimore, but the world is finally hearing them. They've been complaining about police brutality and societal marginalization for years now, but Freddie Gray was the straw that broke the camels back. The community of the unheard committed an act of self immolation, and peace has been tough to come by every since, because if you understand the story of Mohamed Bouazizi, then you know that after self immolation comes revolution.
"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding." - Albert Einstein

You don't have to be Einstein to understand that you can't understand people you won't HEAR. When arrogant white people and uppity black people stop focusing their energy on being appropriately appalled and start simply trying to HEAR and UNDERSTAND the unheard and misunderstood, then we all get a fair shot at having peace and avoiding revolution. Otherwise, expect more acts of self immolation, expect more riots, expect more chaos and unrest, expect more than one city to burn.

Ferguson burned and rioted AFTER the people found out that there would be no justice. They waited to find out. Baltimore burned and rioted BEFORE any disposition by a state's attorney. It's like they already knew. The unheard are becoming prescient. If as a nation we don't soon figure out how to let freedom ring, then you should only expect an American Spring.

#baltimoreriots   #baltimoreuprising   #freddiegray   #ferguson   #alllivesmatter   #alllivesmatter  
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The most difficult child in America to place in foster or adoptive housing is a black male over the age of five. Young African-American males are seen as carjackers waiting to happen, and not even black couples are keen on taking them in. This story has finally been spoken in a shockingly transparent memoir reflecting the epidemic of fatherlessness in the black community. Learn more about “Fatherless Sons” a book of wretched truth...
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I Would Gather Children

Some would gather money along the path of life, some would gather roses and rest from worldly strife; But, I would gather children from among the thorns of sin, I would seek a golden curl and a freckled, toothless grin. For money cannot enter in that land of endless day, and roses that are gathered soon will wilt along the way. But, Oh the laughing children, as I cross the sunset sea, and the gates swing wide to heaven, I can take them in with me. --Unknown 

The most difficult child in America to place in foster or adoptive housing is a black male over the age of five. Young African-American males are seen as carjackers waiting to happen, and not even black couples are keen on taking them in. 

Once they turn five they are usually left in group homes until they turn 18 and then let out into society to figure out how to live on their own...many end up incarcerated, but after so much rejection by society and institutional living...prison feels much like the only home they know. Often their lives are wasted. They have no "golden curls" or "freckled toothless" grins, but they are human, with feelings and emotions, and potential, and they do feel pain.... sometimes all it takes to make a difference in their lives is for someone to give them a home in their hearts.

But before that can happen, there needs to be an effort to humanize them. The media has demonized black boys...reduced them to academic delinquents and police targets. I wrote "Fatherless Sons" in an effort to contribute to the process of humanization. Please share and support the effort.

By Rob Hall, Author of "Fatherless Sons: A Memoir on the Common Plight of African-American Boys"
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