Thank you for your question. When having a conversation with anyone about racism, it’simportant to begin by defining terms so that a person can recognize their behaviour within thegiven definition. For example, if my sibling was making fun of or endorsing stereotypes of aparticular cultural or religious group, I might use the Oxford Dictionary to define their behaviouras:

● Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basisof their membership in a particular racialor ethnic group, typically one that is a minorityor marginalized.

● The belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another.

Once my sibling is able to recognize their behaviour as falling within the definition ofracism, Iwould point out thatracism, discrimination, prejudice, bias all stem fromarrogance. Comingfrom an Islamic perspective,I would then speak with my sibling,offering sincere advice aboutthe impact of arrogance by reminding myself and them that:

● The Prophet (SAW) said, “No one will enter Paradise in whose heart is an atom’s weightof arrogance.” (Sunan at-Tirmidhi)

● Allah does not like the arrogant (Quran 16:23)

● The enmity between Iblees and Adam is based on arrogance (Quran 7:12)

I would then continue the conversation with my sibling about the final message of our Prophet(SAW) where he clearly told us thatracism does not have any place in the heart of one whoclaims to believe in Allah and the Last Day:

● All human beings are from Adam and Eve; an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arabnor does a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white person has nosuperiority over a black person nor does a black person have any superiority over a whiteperson, except by piety and good action.

We are living in a time where humanity needs to work towards eracism, to stop the erasure ofhumanity by racism. Keep in mind that this is not always an easy topic to bring up with anyone,let along family members. So be patient and respectful when sharing the above information.