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TED Talks: Season 2018

2018x322 Özlem Cekic: Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mail
TV-PG

  • 2018-11-06T08:00:00+03:00 on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Özlem Cekic's email inbox has been full of hate mail since 2007, when she won a seat in the Danish Parliament — becoming the first female Muslim to do so. At first she just deleted the emails, dismissing them as the work of fanatics, until one day a friend made an unexpected suggestion: to reach out to the hate mail writers and invite them to meet for coffee. Hundreds of "dialogue coffee" meetings later, Cekic shares how face-to-face conversation can be one of the most powerful forces to disarm hate — and challenges us all to engage with people we disagree with.

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