What if you had a racist friend?

BBC | Mon- Feb 9, 2009 |Written by an anonymous BBC writer

What do you say when a friend or colleague utters a remark that could be regarded as racist? [...]

"Apart from that he was a really nice guy - it was just really out of character. It didn't make any sense," he says.

Professor Roger Crisp, fellow of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, says in the case of friends you should make the most of your relationship with them to try to change their views.

"Some philosophers have had some pretty implausible views on friendship. Aristotle thought that only virtuous people could be friends. A racist couldn't be your friend according to him."

"If you don't confront it, you will regret it, I can assure you that much."

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