Using slurs and epithets is a way of showing someone
that you believe they are less than human and undeserving of respect. Hate crimes are a way to send a message to members of certain groups or individuals that they are unwelcome
in a particular neighborhood, community, school,
or workplace. Calling someone a name, refusing to rent them an apartment, verbal threats, vandalism, abusive phone calls, and Internet hate mail are all examples of hate crimes. The most common form of bias-motivated incidents on college campuses are demeaning jokes or harassing or
threatening phone calls or emails.