Norway’s Cup of Tea National Movement to Fight Racism!

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Sameera Ehteram
The ‘Cup of tea’ National movement was designed to stop the growing threat of racism against Muslims in Norway. According to the campaign, there was a growing distrust and distance between the native population and the immigrant Muslim community in Norway and the divide was growing by the day. Now this is not unheard of in recent times, especially in the post 9-11 world.

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Now this is a brilliant campaign!

The ‘Cup of tea’ National movement was designed to stop the growing threat of racism against Muslims in Norway. According to the campaign, there was a growing distrust and distance between the native population and the immigrant Muslim community in Norway and the divide was growing by the day. Now this is not unheard of in recent times, especially in the post 9-11 world.

But what IS unheard of is the way they dealt with the problem. A local organization working against racism came up with a wonderful solution!  Most of the misunderstandings they realized were born and indeed grew because of the lack of communication between the two communities. So they invited the two groups to meet over a cup of tea. Literally! And the result has been a significant decline in anti-Muslim attitudes.

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No one would have thought it possible, but a cup of tea did put an end to racism in the country, orr at least curbed it to a great deal.

What it also did end up doing was the fact that it  brought people together and made it easier for them to get to know each other rather than guess and speculate or worse, listen to others’ versions of each other. So, in every way The Cup Of Tea national movement was very effective in fighting prejudice.

Now isn’t that the way to do things? We hope all the problems can be solved like this. Who knows, maybe if we try, they can!

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