Look: University of North Dakota in Hot Water Again After White Girls in Blackface Snapchat Goes Viral

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GRAND FORKS, ND - DECEMBER 4: Students walk to class on the campus of the University of North Dakota December 4, 2003 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. UND student Dru Sjodin was last seen leaving her job at a mall on November 22, 2003. Convicted Sex offender Alfonso Rodriguez of Crookston, Minnesota is being held in connection with the disappearance. Crookston is about 25 miles east of Grand Forks. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Look: University of North Dakota in Hot Water Again After White Girls in Blackface Snapchat Goes Viral

The school needs to address the reoccurring attacks against its Black students.

Published September 26, 2016

After students at University of North Dakota took a photo with the caption, “locked the black b***h out,” the school is now dealing with a separate issue of Snapchat racism.

The Snapchat photo in question shows four white students in black charcoal facial masks with the caption “Black lives matter.” This photo was released less than two days after the earlier racially charged incident at the school. 

The first incident occurred when Etonde Maloke, a student at the university, said on Facebook that her friend left her phone in a room and three students posted the photo with the offensive caption to her Snapchat without permission.

The second incident does not appear to have any connection to the first, other than the fact that it is extremely offensive.

University of North Dakota’s president Mark Kennedy has addressed both issues in a statement. With the Black population at UND coming in at around 2.5 percent, it is clear that much work needs to be done to address the racial issues on campus.

“I have been disappointed to learn that we have people in our university community who don’t know that the kind of behavior and messaging demonstrated in these two photos is not OK, and that, in fact, it is inexcusable,” Kennedy said in a statement

Kennedy also said that the school will begin to research the best ways to handle diversity education. 

Written by Rachel Herron

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