Quem mora em Malmo, Suécia, pode emprestar muçulmanos, homossexuais e dinamarqueses da biblioteca local. Por 45 minutos. Not a Swedish Joke saiu no Wall Street Journal de ontem.
(…) Ullah Brohed pioneered the “Living Library” project earlier this month. “You sometimes hear people’s prejudices and you realize that they are just uninformed,” she says. And since a library exists to educate, she decided to give Swedish bigots the opportunity to come face to face with the prejudice of their choice. The Malmo library also offers a Danish man (since some Swedes and Danes don’t get along too well) and, to our great mbarrassment, even a journalist. “Maybe not all journalists are know-it-all and sensationalist,” Ms. Brohed says.
Inspired by this example, a library in the Dutch city of Almelo plans to start its own human lending program next month. “The customers can rent a veiled Muslim woman and finally ask her all the questions they would never dare to ask if they met her on the street,” says the director, Jan Krol. (…)