Person in racist viral video not a current Pritzker student, Dean Osofsky says


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The Pritzker School of Law. Pritzker Dean Hari Osofsky denounced a viral racist video in a Tuesday statement.

A person in a viral racist video, who appeared to wear a Northwestern sweatshirt in a separate photo, is not a current student at the Pritzker School of Law, Pritzker Dean Hari Osofsky said in a Tuesday statement.

The since-deleted TikTok video, which circulated earlier this week, was posted by someone with the username @jossmarchell. It depicted the user in blackface mocking childrens’ reactions to a trailer of “The Little Mermaid,” an upcoming movie featuring a Black lead actor. In subsequent viral videos, online users uncovered the photo featuring an NU sweatshirt and speculated the user was a Pritzker student.

Based on an internal investigation, Osofsky said the law school has concluded the user is not a current student, but someone with a similar name “appears to be a former student at the law school.” Osofsky also denounced the video on behalf of the University and law school.

“The views expressed in the video in question are abhorrent and disgusting,” Osofsky said. “The University and law school’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is unwavering.”

In a Wednesday email to The Daily, the University said it had no further comment beyond Osofsky’s statement.

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