When someone makes a racist remark, it can be so shocking that you don’t know what to say, but you want to let the person know that their racist remarks are not OK. If you personally disagree with what’s being said, you need to speak up and say something. If you don’t say anything at all, the person may think your silence means you agree with their racist sentiments.
Don’t worry about saying something publicly. This isn’t a conversation that needs to be held behind closed doors. Let the people in the room who have been insulted know that you don’t support the person making derogatory remarks.
Some folks who make ignorant racist remarks don’t realize that they are making inappropriate comments. It can be more challenging to call out a close friend on their bad behaviour than a casual acquaintance. If someone thinks that it is OK to make a racist remark, you will have to think deeply about continuing the friendship.
Here are a few things you can say to let the person know their disrespectful attitude is not acceptable.
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