U of M-Duluth Facebook racism 'horrendous and despicable'

Categories: Racism

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Not only were two University of Minnesota-Duluth white women students trading racist filth on Facebook about a third student, who is black, without her knowledge. But in the process of running down the girl because of her race, they flaunted their total ignorance of basic English. Another student copied and pasted the illiterate blather and forwarded it to university officials.

The incident took place during a wall-to-wall Facebook conversation on April 14 between the two white female students after the black female student entered the room where they were typing.

The UMD Statesman, the campus newspaper, gets precise:

The alleged comments state racist remarks including, "ewww a obabacare is in the room, i feel dirty, and unsafe. keep a eye on all of your valuables and dont make direct eye contact.... i just threw up in my mouth right now....," and "were two white girls.. she already has her 'nigga' instinct to kill us and use us to her pleasure..."

"The comments could be described as having racist intonations, harassment and might have perceived threats," UMD's Interim Vice Chancellor, Jackie Millslagle, told WDIO.

Could be?

The Duluth News Tribune says the incident was reported to the school's Office of Equal Opportunity. An investigation has been launched.

Here's Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin in the Duluth News Tribune this morning:

Characterizing last week's Facebook incident at the University of Minnesota Duluth as "horrendous and despicable" Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin's voice broke often as she spoke about it Thursday.

"I am deeply saddened for the young woman who was the victim of this," she said. "I can't believe ... people could cause the severity of pain and hurt this young woman is feeling. We want to do everything we can to make sure she understands how supportive we are of her."

The white students were interviewed Monday by Deborah Petersen-Perlman, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, the News Tribune reported. They received a transcript of the interview and have until May 3 to file a response before sanctions are determined.

There are about 11,000 students on the campus, including 130 black students.

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