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Paperclips against Prejudice

paperclipI read about this group started by Aimee Franklin. They have a group on FACEBOOK, so please go and check it out, maybe you want to join it as well.  I have put an extract from the page below for interest.

One look at any major or minor human rights issue the world has faced – the Rwandan Genocide, Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Apartheid, the UFS video, the recent Xenophobic attacks – and you will see a common thread that has sparked them all – a lack of tolerance and understanding between different ‘groups’ of people.

Imagine a world where every person treated others who crossed their paths like the human they are, with respect and understanding for both their differences and likenesses. Where people are united not primarily by race, class or political ideology, but by their humanity.

Pick-up a paperclip, pop it on your collar and allow it to remind you all day of the humanity in others – that the car guard standing in the sun all day also gets tired and fed-up, that your domestic worker also lies awake at night worrying about her children’s future and that the traffic officer’s dreams for himself may extend beyond giving people fines. Let this mindfulness inform your interactions with others, and watch both your own soul, and that of South Africa, blossom around you!


Mike • August 8, 2008

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  1. Aimee October 9, 2008 - 4:39 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks so much for putting this info up about our campaign!
    We are growing from strength to strength thanks to people like you who are living our message.

    Thanks again and don’t forget your paperclip!

    Warm regards,


  2. Mike October 9, 2008 - 4:48 pm

    I must confess that I had forgotten for the past few weeks, this after I had already sent a number of them through the wash, much to the dismay of my wife!.

    I have put one back on!

    I must say that it does get people talking, during the time that I did wear a paperclip, I had no less than 15 conversations with people about their perceptions on prejudice!

    Very good campaign

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