The University of North Dakota is in hot water after a racist Snapchat photo circulated online. In the photo, three students appear smiling with the caption, “locked the black b***h out.”
On Tuesday night, the photo was shared to Facebook by student Etonde Maloke, who claimed that a friend left their phone in her room. Maloke alleged that the three students in the photo then took the phone and posted the Snapchat image and caption.
Shortly after the photo was first published, it became a viral point of conversation.
Once the school was made aware of the photo, they released a statement addressing the racial concerns of the university. UND President Mark Kennedy shared the statement.
“I want to make clear that whatever the intent, the message included in the photo is not consistent with UND’s values,” Kennedy said. “I am personally shocked that anyone would be so naive as to think that this could in any way be considered a joke.”
When Maloke first posted the photo, she expressed the concerns and fears she experienced as a result.
“We all know Racism is alive and well (whether you like to admit it not),” she said. “When said acts of racism happen at your school, it is infuriating and heart breaking.”
Other students believe the large reaction to the photo was not warranted. One student posted their thoughts regarding the matter online.
“Just so we’re clear, it’s not against the law to say something stupid or even racist,” they wrote. “They’re investigating a private citizen who said something that the school finds potentially offensive.”
The photo can be seen here.
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