"Tea (Love) is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend." - Dr. MarTEAn Luther King Jr.
The Story: There is only one.
All Tea, Black, Green, White, Darjeeling, Assam, come from one plant (Camellia Sinensis). We believe this is true for people. We are one species with different flavors. Hatred is taught, it's roots are in the unknown and fear. Legislation, war, and resolutions have failed for thousands of years to bring an end to hate. But we think a cup of tea, and people that are unknown to each other, conversing, can help to end the roots of hatred.
The Parallel: We are more same than different.
Black, Green, White tea is determined by how it is processed. In people, it is how we are processed (raised) that determines our personality. Darjeeling and Assam are determined by where the tea plant is grown. Much like in humans, our nationality is determined arbitrarily by where we are born. But we are the same no matter where.
What You Can Do To End Hate: The Challege
In most challenges your actions support a third party; you donate money, or build ”awareness.” In our challenge you join others in working directly to heal the schism between people.
Option #1 1.) Record a video (facebook live: click for how to) with your name, and the hashtag #EqualiTEA on a piece of reused paper, and optionally a cup of tea in hand. 2.) Fill in either or both these statements in the video. I am__________(First Name) and I am ___________(things about yourself that are different than stereotypes, ie an Arab Jew, Gay Republican, Black Asian) or I am__________(First Name) and I am ___________ (something about you that doesn’t seem obvious). 3.) Challenge at least 5 friends to do the same.
Option #2: 1.) Invite someone you know little about their life or culture to have a cup of tea. We hope to have an app/website to match people when 10,000 people signup below. We will be working with national and local tea houses to create conversation “SafeTEA Zones.” Click here for 20 safe politics free questions. 2.) Optionally, record the conversation and post, or take a picture and post and share about the experience. 3.) Then challenge 5 friends to do the same, for all posts use #EqualiTEA.
You are not alone in in this campaign and we have partnered with Tea Companies, Non-profits, and Others to share their stories, and provide you with a cup of tea to warm your soul, and relax your fears. We also pledge to make teas that educate and remind you that the strength of tea and the strength of people to overcome what oppresses them are both in your hands.