Racial slurs are insults to others on the basis of race, ethnicity, or nationality. Racial slurs are not only insults, but are a form of harassment that have historically come with an implied or explicit threat of violence even if the threat isn’t always carried out. A big part of modern racism is denying that it is still prevalent today and the use of racial slurs is a way of trying to keep oppressed people from escaping their oppression and prevent them from realizing their true potential. By signing this petition, you are agreeing to stop using racial slurs, but also spreading the word around about why these words can harm others and why they need to be stopped. As a student at Temple University, in one semester alone, I have encountered many people using racial slurs towards African Americans and people of both Asian and Hispanic descent. This not only affects the person the slur is being used towards, but it also allows other to believe that it is okay to threaten or use derogatory language towards someone simply because of their race, ethnicity, or nationality and to remind someone of their oppression, denying their potential, and makes students feel unsafe on a campus that promotes diversity.