DEAR DEIDRE: MY sister has got engaged to a racist guy and we are drifting apart.
She never held a racist opinion before she met this man.
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She has been influenced by her fiancé and her views are getting more extreme.
I am a girl of 17 and my sister is 20. Her fiancé is older at 25.
I love my sister and I don’t want this to come between us, but what can I say or do to make her realise she is getting sucked into a very dark place?
We used to be much closer but her new opinions are driving us apart.
DEIDRE SAYS: Holding racist views is not in itself against the law but racist behaviour is and your sister may be treading a thin line.
Tell her how distressed you are by hearing her express these racist views.
Is she doing it to impress her fiancé, do you think?
Why “level down” instead of trying to give the lie to his prejudices?
See The Mix website for a helpful approach to tackling racism (themix.org.uk, 0808 808 4994).
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