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La Crosse social justice leader to give TED Talk on discrimination

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La Crosse social justice leader to give TED Talk on discrimination

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Wale Elegbede, a founding member of the La Crosse Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network, will provide a TED Talk Friday, sharing his perspective on ways to stop discrimination, racism and Islamophobia in the U.S.

Elegbede’s talk, “Stop Seeing Discrimination as ‘Their’ Problem and See it as ‘Our Problem,’” airs 10 a.m. Friday and highlights ideas that were sparked in the La Crosse community.

“I believe discrimination plagues us because we have not made it our collective business,” said Elegbede in a press release. “I believe that in order to get rid of discrimination which includes racism, Islamophobia, and hate crimes, we need to go from a state of ‘not my business’ to ‘everyone’s business.’ My belief is that this will help cultivate a shift in perspective, and result in a changed mindset that will build and sustain connection, empathy and elevate opportunities for everyone.”

Elegbede, who lives in Rochester, is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

“I imagine a world where there is no racism, hate crimes, Islamophobia, or Antisemitism. Imagine the endless possibilities and opportunities that kind of world would offer to all of our children,” Elegbede said. “When my TED Talk debuts, […]

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