In Europe, a Push to Fight Discrimination Through Living Libraries

6/22/18 …a growing citizen movement known as Living Libraries designed to smash stereotypes and prejudice through dialogue.
‘They allow you to actually speak to a black, or an Arab or a Jew, and discover what it’s like to be that person,”
Along with newer targets like Africans and Arabs, the study authored by the 47-member Council of Europe finds older prejudices also linger against Jews, Roma and the LGBT community, despite strides in some countries.
The initiative coincides with a new report by Europe’s top rights watchdog that shows rising levels of xenophobia and hate speech across the region, partly driven by populism, terrorist attacks and the massive influx of migrants, the subject of a European Union summit next week.