UND professor speaks up about racist comments on social media

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) – Some thought it was racist.

The person who wrote it says it was just sarcasm and the school thinks it was just a misunderstanding.

A bio med professor at UND broke her silence claiming her comment was taken out of context by some and was simply meant as sarcasm.

It was brought to our attention last Friday that Roxanne Vaughan left a comment on ABC news’s Facebook post about the Scripps Spelling Bee winner, Ananya Vinay. Vinay is Indian-American.

The comment said, “I’m sure she’s an immigrant–not worthy of interacting with our pure Americans–send her back.”

Today Vaughan said in a statement that when she saw the story of the winner, she was moved to make sarcastic remarks to convey her feelings that the United States is immensely stronger as a diverse community that benefits greatly from the integration of its many cultures.

She continues to say she saw that some took her comment as literal and removed her post.

She says quote,”I sincerely regret that this comment was misinterpreted, and that it may have caused any pain or fear to students at UND, who above all else should trust their faculty.”

I have nothing but respect and admiration for the accomplishments of our international students, as well as the phenomenal achievement of Miss Vinay.”

The school said they had said “some conversations” with Vaughan about social media. They too classified it as a misunderstanding. The school didn’t say whether she was being disciplined for her comment.

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