Tour guides at a New York City museum dedicated to documenting the history of immigrants in the United States are being met with increased hostility, reports Reuters
The folks at New York’s Tenement Museum say their guide’s have been confronted with xenophobic comments in the past, but the rate of incidents have increased significantly since the election season.
“People will now share stronger opinions about whether or not they think immigrants are sort of bleeding (the country), they’re taking too much that other people should have, or they’re taking our jobs,” said Miriam Bader, the museum’s director of education.
In response, Tenement has initiated new training for its guides so that they can better respond.
The museum is focused on Italian, Irish and German families, but some visitors are making a distinction between the hostilities those immigrants faced versus today’s immigrants.
“It’s going to bring the conversation far closer,” said Cherrye Davis. “Considering the political climate and the recent election, I hope that the conversation can open up in a very empathetic way.”
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