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Borrow a Stereotype

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by herick.moniz@radio-canada.ca  uploaded 4 years ago
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They say familiarity breeds contempt, but could it actually breed acceptance? That's the idea behind a project called the Living Library. It started in Europe, and recently CBC News Sunday visited California for the launch of the first Living Library in North America. The idea: "check out" a person, instead of a book. Sit down face-to-face with the type of person who makes you uncomfortable or who you've never understood. Ask questions, find out more about them. The goal: use your "lending time" to get past your own stereotypes. The approach promotes dialogue, tackles prejudice and fosters understanding. See what happens when "readers" sit down with their "books": a homeless person, police officer, Buddhist, teen or feminist, to name a few.
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