People are divided on the opinions of the "Sioux-per Drunk" t-shirt controversyGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) – It’s a shirt that's caused a social media uproar, And has categorized some University of North Dakota students as racist.
By: Amy Unrau , WDAY
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) – It’s a shirt that's caused a social media uproar, And has categorized some University of North Dakota students as racist.
A group of students made t-shirts that depict a Native American drinking from a beer bong -- with the words "Sioux-per Drunk".
These shirts have caused a lot of hurt for American Indians -- disappointment from the school and regret from those students.
But based on some people we talked to in person and the hundreds who sounded off on our Facebook pages -- many are willing to forgive.
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Harmony Bolton/West Fargo: “I think it could have been done a different way.”
A group of UND students made these shirts, depicting a Native American drinking from a beer bong with the words "Siouxper Drunk".
Dr. Alan Shackleford/UND American Indian Studies Professor: “Not only does it lampoon American Indians. It lampoons alcoholism.”
UND President Robert Kelly released a statement saying he was "appalled" to learn that this had happened. And while some are upset and calling the shirts offensive, others say all the fuss is an overreaction.
Kevin Lipetzky/Fargo: “I don't think they had any intention of hurting anybody. Just having a good time.”
Bolton: “I get it. I'm a college student too, and you want to try and make a difference, but I think it could have been done a different way.”
Jack Behan/Fargo: “It's just kids having fun. It's a play on words and I don't think people should be offended by anything like that.”
Students involved have acknowledged their wrongdoing and made apologies on Facebook -- a place where this story took off with endless comments and photo shares.
Behan: “I think people are too sensitive. If you don't like something, look the other way.”
Comments about this story keep flooding in on the WDAY TV News Facebook page.
Like this one from Stephanie Silva -- she says "There are worse things in the world. Move on."
And this one from Heather Krogstad that says "Kids will be kids... Pretty creative actually".
But not everyone is supportive.
There's this one from Barb Eltz who says "I think those kids, as well as some posters, should grow up."
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