I struggled with how to get my students to recognize that using racial slurs in the hallway "just as a joke among friends" was so much more than that. My students said that they heard racial slurs every day; some of them insisted "it was no big deal," "nobody was racist at our school," and "it was just among friends". Others became very uncomfortable. Within my class, the students all seemed to get along, but I detected tension when I mixed Hispanic and Black students with White students for group work. I wanted to bring this out in the open.