Racist video prompts University of Minnesota Duluth to send alertUMD alerted its campus to an apparent racist video Thursday via e-mail after it was brought to the administration’s attention through its online reporting system.
By: Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune
The University of Minnesota Duluth alerted its campus to an apparent racist video Thursday via e-mail after it was brought to the administration’s attention through its online reporting system.
Citing privacy laws, UMD human resources director Judith Karon wouldn’t say whether whoever was behind the video was a student or students enrolled at UMD. She said the university followed up on the incident, which reportedly happened off campus, and that the proper steps had been taken to address it.
“There were a few people who heard about it, so we issued a statement,” she said.
“We have seen the video; we abhor it,” the e-mail statement reads. “This is unacceptable behavior for anyone, and we at UMD are extremely unhappy to be associated with it in any way.”
The statement goes on: “We take appropriate action in instances like this, but information about individual students is private, and UMD cannot share any information about any particular student. … We hope that out of this distressing incident will at least come some broader understanding and personal growth.”
UMD has worked to unite its campus in the wake of a 2010 incident involving racial epithets aimed at a black student written publicly on Facebook by white students. Part of its new strategic plan called for creating a more inclusive environment, and the university became a partner in the controversial Un-Fair Campaign meant to promote racial equality by calling attention to white privilege. It dropped its support this summer when it said the campaign had become too divisive.