UND Handled Controversy Involving Volleyball Players Poorly

UND's Julia Vetter (11) celebrates a Fighting Hawks point with teammate Lexi Ahrens (7) during a 2019 home match against Western Illinois. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

MINOT, N.D. — What happens when we become so concerned with social justice we put actual justice in the back seat?

Earlier this year, in February, there was controversy on the University of North Dakota campus when two of the school’s students, also members of the volleyball team, were accused of racism. A video of Julia Vetter and Brynn Nieukirk, both white women, singing a song that has a racial slur in its lyrics was posted online.

The girls sent that video to a friend of theirs, who is Black, and it was subsequently obtained by third parties and posted online.

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