College is a critical period in a young person’s life. It’s a critical time to meet lifelong friends, learn new things and figure out your professional goals. But not to be racist.

Here are some tips to avoid getting shunned, shamed and booted off campus like Harley Barber and Natalia Martinez.

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Don’t be Racist (Duh!)

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When you’re thinking of letting the word n****r casually slip take a minute and say to yourself, “But it’s racist.” If you’re lit like Harley Barber was at Alabama, say it to yourself repeatedly. If you’re a reluctant racist, take a moment and think about your Black friend from childhood. Or conversely your white one. You have one, we all did. Martin Luther King did. He lamented losing his childhood friend, because of his father who didn’t want his son to have a Black friend. So, if you skew racist, look deep in your heart and think about those times eating crayons and printer paper with your one Black friend and imagine he was Martin Luther King – and YOU hurt his feelings. Do better.

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