MU Chancellor condemns discrimination and racism, Snapchat video

Posted on 1 June 2020 at 6:05pm

COLUMBIA - UM System President and MU Interim Chancellor Mun Choi on Monday "condemned recent acts of racism around our country and shared our commitment to our values of inclusion and respect."

The statement comes on the heels of a Snapchat video that was widely criticized on social media as mocking the death of George Floyd, the Columbia Missourian reported Friday.

The video appeared on social media days after Floyd died in police custody after being choked under the knee of a Minneapolis officer Monday. In the days since, national protests of police violence against black individuals have dominated headlines.

According to today's statement, one of the individuals in the video had been admitted to the University of Missouri and was preparing to attend classes this coming fall semester.

The video was then submitted to the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX for investigation, according to the release. The student has decided to no longer attend the university.

Choi reiterated the University's commitment to stopping discrimination throughout the statement.

"University leaders and I remain committed to combatting discrimination and racism in all its forms," Choi said. "We stand with Tigers everywhere and with the thousands of other people who are peacefully raising their voices and want to make this world, this university, an inclusive place for everyone. We have important work to do."