In the diverse world we live in, it is crucial to foster understanding, respect, and acceptance among individuals from various backgrounds and belief systems. But what happens when a friend begins to make some racist remarks? Here’s the full story.
A Semi-religious Woman
The Original Poster (OP) is a Christian, and although she’s not the most devout Christian, she does have friends who attend church, and she goes on church retreats with them.
A Devout Muslim Friend
OP has a friend, Amina, a Muslim girl who is quite devout and wears a headscarf. OP mentions that Amina wasn’t always religious.
Previously, she was relatively liberal and didn’t dress too traditionally. She even wore two pieces bathing suits like the rest of them whenever they had pool parties.
They Went on a Church Retreat
OP called Amina to join them on their recent mini-church retreat to a lake.
Things Took a Turn
Lisa, one OP’s friends, doesn’t particularly like Islam and displays subtle aggression toward Amina.
Things took a turn when all the girls wore bikinis, but Amina couldn’t because of her religious convictions, so she swam in a baggy outfit.
She Kept Pressuring Their Muslim Friend
Lisa was not happy with the situation. She repeatedly said, “Come on, you still have to cover up even when there are no guys around? You would certainly look good. Don’t you remember how attractive you used to appear in two pieces?”
She Told Her Friend to Stop
Amina was starting to feel uneasy, so OP told Lisa to stop interfering and reminded her that what Amina chose to wear was her business.
They Gathered for a Group Photo
Then they gathered the group for a photo when they finished swimming, but Lisa said to exclude Amina because she would “stick out” as she was the only one not wearing a bikini.
OP didn’t care what Lisa said and called out to Amina, who was sitting on the bench upset.
But Lisa argued, “What are you doing?!” And then OP got angry and told her to stop being immature.
Finally, they took the photo together and were done.
Before they could eat, the girls started to dry off, and Lisa grabbed OP and asked her why she had included Amina.
OP told her to stop talking and repeated that it was not her business what Amina chose to wear. OP went on to say that she must respect Amina’s decision even if she doesn’t like it.
She Warned Her Friend
OP warned her that if she made Amina feel uneasy in the future, she would put it down immediately and wouldn’t bother inviting her to any further hangouts.
OP shared this incident on Reddit and asked whether she was wrong for standing up to her friend.
Calling Out Bigotry
Redditors supported OP and said she did the right thing.
One Reddit user wrote, “Lisa is horrible. She’s a bully and a bigot. Thank you for sticking up for Amina, but please put a stop to the passive-aggressive behavior as well. In some respects, it’s worse because it’s more difficult to say anything without sounding petty – which is the whole point.”
Another Redditor said that Lisa should be excluded simply because she is a bad influence on people in OP’s friend group.
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