Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

UND is investigating an 'abhorrent' racist Snapchat message

Author:

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."

Next Up

Pixabay - hospital emergency room sign

Deputy injured when fleeing suspect crashes into his vehicle

The 34-year-old deputy was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Vineeta Sawkar

Vineeta Sawkar named as WCCO Radio’s new morning host

She succeeds the legendary Dave Lee, who retired earlier this year.

coronavirus, COVID-19 test

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, December 7

The latest from the state health department.

no dancing

Footloose! Duluth scraps Prohibition-era ban on unlicensed dancing

Establishments had to have a license to allow the public to dance.

ted mann concert hall - university of minnesota

2 armed suspects rob victim at U of M concert hall

The two suspects pointed guns at the victim.

West St Paul, Minnesota - June 2019

Nine police agencies called in for crowd control after 2 shot in West St. Paul

Police say a large group "attempted to take control" of part of the crime scene.

Brooklyn Center police, Daunte Wright

Brooklyn Center approves $1.3M public safety budget, including policing reforms

The city will use some money from the police department for the new programs.

snow, slush

Snow impacting morning commute across southern Minnesota

A quick inch could make a bit of a mess on the roads.

40636734693_0ec9b711a6_k

Minnesota United star allegedly hit teen with gun in Argentina

The 26-year-old could face charges in Argentina.

Chris Finch

Hawks bury Timberwolves in 3-point barrage

Without D'Angelo Russell, the Wolves couldn't keep up with the Hawks.

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

Related

UND is investigating an 'abhorrent' racist Snapchat message

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

Another racially charged Snapchat at UND, which the school calls 'inexcusable'

UND officials investigating after racially charged Snapchats.

'Racially charged' Snapchats that sparked outrage are free speech, UND says

The University of North Dakota's president called the social media posts "inexcusable."

Edina HS investigating student's Snapchat depicting KKK and hate speech

The snap shows a student with a white drawn-on cloak, and KKK written in red.