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Give racism a chance | Simon Tam | TEDxSpokane

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Published on Dec 2, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Racism in America is a polarizing topic in our country. It is not an easy conversation for most people and without the conversations there are ongoing race related issues in our society. Simon shares several examples and experiences that are conversation starters.

Simon Tam is an American musician, author, record producer, and activist. He is best known as the founder of the Portland-based Asian American dance-rock band, The Slants.

Tam is also an activist, dedicated to raising awareness of racial disparities, social justice, and issues that affect the Asian American community.

In 2013, Tam took a case against the United States Patent and Trademark Office to Federal Courts on the grounds of being denied rights based on his race.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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