UND is investigating an 'abhorrent' racist Snapchat message

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University of North Dakota is investigating a racist message posted to Snapchat.

The photo shows three apparent students, smiling with the caption: "locked the black bitch out."

Etonde Maloke posted it to Facebook, saying the person they had been referencing was her friend. Apparently the people in the picture used the woman's own phone to take and post the photo, to her Snapchat story.

"My friend was not aware that they had done this and didn't even realize they had put this on her [S]napchat story until another friend of ours pointed it out," Maloke's post reads.

UND responds

The photograph has since been circling the internet and UND's President Mark Kennedy released a statement.

"I want to make clear that whatever the intent, the message included in the photo is not consistent with UND's. I am personally shocked that anyone would be so naive as to think that this could in any way be considered a joke," Kennedy says. 

The statement explains that the school is investigating the "abhorrent message" to find out the intent.

The university's demographics

UND's student body is primarily white – 78 percent, the university's race and ethnicity data shows. That's about in line with the U.S. population, according to Census figures.

And 2.45 percent of students says they're black/non-Hispanic Americans, with another 2.95 percent listing themselves as two or more races.

In addition, 6 percent of students consider themselves "non-resident or alien."

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