People at the University of North Dakota, from the administration to students to members of the faculty – are overreacting to a couple of racist Snapchat photos.

An anti-racism rally prompted by the photos is scheduled for Friday, and according to the Grand Forks Herald, “the school will form a diversity advisory council to provide recommendations for improving the campus climate on issues of diversity and inclusion.”

The problems I’m having with this are:

  •     We don’t know origins of these photos. Were they really taken by UND students? Probably, but shouldn’t we know before we conclude?
  •     We don’t know the context of the photos. Is there an explanation that would make them, while still stupid, at least less sinister?
  •     A rally and a new advisory council in response to a couple of photos seems like overkill.

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