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Words today mean so much in society that we seldom look back on the consequences they hold These words can cause much pain anguish and conflict amongst people who dont even know each other People say slurs such as jap flip chink and jew to others but they dont know who these other people are These racial religious and ethnic remarks are made to demoralize others and to make others feel inferior Sometimes these slurs are made in society where we have learned to live with them by them and from them The terms of race religion and ethnicity have evolved in our society as time continued The negative connotations of words sometimes change because of deliberate changes in the way they are used Hayakawa 232 When slurs are made towards us about our race religion or ethnicity it plays a large role in we perceive ourselves When we hear a slur made upon us we feel as if we are less of a person This is because there is a weakness in all of us This weakness is the vulnerability that others can create by making a remark about us By doing so these people look down upon us and more importantly they degrade us to something less that what we are It is dehumanizing to be labeled as a fob wet back nigger etc We can not be fully described through those terms We are more than just nips hicks and wops because we are individuals who should not be grouped from our race religion and ethnicity Many times people see us as a whole and do not see us for who we are and what we have accomplished Black Americans inside and outside the walls of the university experience racism as a group Barnes 242 People see us through what nationality we are and what beliefs we have Those people that make these slurs do not know what effect it has
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