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Clay Cup

Clay Cup

“Does a clay pot argue with its maker?” – Isaiah 45:9 (NLT)

A clay cup put to the lips
of a Dalit, Harijan, slumdog
is not rinsed, washed or reused.

The drinker is to break it
crush it, ground it into dirt
a reminder

he is below, worthless
untouchable. Would I
be willing to be such a pot?

© 2012 by Violet Nesdoly


The story of the Clay Cup

From the Dalit Freedom Network

“In 70% of India’s villages, non-Dalits will not eat or drink with Dalits. It is this societal distinction, and the discrimination that accompanies it, that has led us to adopt the Clay Cup™ as our symbol.

Traditionally, when Dalits enter a tea shop and request a cup of tea, they are served in a clay cup rather than a glass or metal cup that others receive. After drinking their tea, they are expected to crush the cup on the ground so that no other person risks being polluted by their cup.”

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