My friend(relative, co - worker) is a racist (homophobic, sexist, etc.). What do I do?
We all have them - people we care about, whether friends, relatives or co-workers, who hold views antithetical to our own. They may be racist, sexist, homophobic, creationists, supporters of Rob Ford or Donald Trump, climate change deniers or anti-vaxxers. Their comments slip into the conversation.
What do we do?
What does our response depend on?
Do we confront them immediately, try to change their minds; do we keep our mouths shut in the interest of peace especially if we are in a group of people?
Do we risk the relationship or simply end it because of the disagreement?
Are there mitigating circumstances such as their lack of education or upbringing?
Do we love the person but not the ideas?
Do we have a responsibility to others to challenge what we consider hurtful ideas?
Can we learn something from these situations?
Have you been in an encounter with such a person and how have you dealt with it?