Four white college students came under fire after posting a picture of themselves in beauty masks with the caption “Black Lives Matter” on Snapchat.
The University of North Dakota launched an investigation into the photo and another one taken about 48 hours before, reports The Daily Mail.
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The first photo shows three white female students accompanied by the caption “Locked the black bitch out.”
A student from the university, Etonde Maloke, claimed that the group of students took her friend’s phone after she left it in a room and posted the picture to her Snapchat.
“My friend was not aware that they had done this and didn’t even realize they had put this on her snapchat story until another friend of ours pointed it out. The University of North Dakota needs to take action against these students for this blatant act of racism,” Maloke alleged.
The second photo featured another group of students wearing black beauty masks. They uploaded a picture of themselves captioned “Black Lives Matter.”
A former student from the college claimed that the photo proved that racism is getting worse at the University of North Dakota.
One person pointed out that the students in the picture were wearing face masks, and not blackface.
“Aren’t they just wearing facial masks? Especially since their hair is pulled back, etc. I totally get that this is a problem, that racism is real, and needs to stop. But aren’t they just doing facial masks vs actually painting their faces for black face?” Jacob Hansen said.
Mark Kennedy, the president of the university, released a statement saying that the university has much work to do.
“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.
The University of North Dakota police are currently investigation the situation.
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