White Yale Student Calls Cop on Black Grad Student who was Napping

Hugh Fox
May 11, 2018

Once the officers verify her identity, they leave. A white woman notices them and calls the cops. The two videos posted on social media were viewed almost 1,500,000 times. She issued a statement to students on Tuesday.

On 8 May, a white student living in the Ivy League university's hall of graduate studies saw Lolade napping on a sofa in the shared room. "I pay tuition like everybody else", Siyonbola, a 34-year-old graduate student in African studies, said after police asked her to present identification.

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"This is normal, you know? You're not supposed to be here". You may think that the think pieces and Black Twitter fame are worth it, but I promise you, we'd much rather not be at risk of being arrested for doing mundane shit. I'm just waking up, thinking "what is happening"?

A second black graduate student said the same woman called police on her about a month earlier. "We don't know what happened. I'm going to call the police".

On Facebook, Siyonbola livestreamed videos of the encounters with Braasch and with the police. One graduate student called the police to report another student in the common area, who had every right to be there.

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"From my perspective and from the perspective of many others who watched the video, they didn't do the right thing".

At Yale, a white graduate student who called police on a black graduate student taking a nap has been admonished following an investigation. But all of this is bittersweet to me because it once again plays into the unfortunate trend of not believing that such experiences routinely occur - or even that they occur at all - unless it's caught on tape. Am I walking in front of white people rather than behind them in the street? "She needs to be put into an institution so she can stop harassing people".

"The neighbor, what did you want to happen?"

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Lynn Cooley sent out correspondence stating that work must be done to make incidents such as this at Yale less infrequent by embracing a culture of inclusivity. "I am committed to redoubling our efforts to build a supportive community in which all graduate students are empowered in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals within a welcoming environment".

"It wasn't compassionate", she said.

"There was another message I've seen".

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The incident is the latest in a string of high-profile incidents that have exposed a troubling, often-overlooked truth about racial discrimination in the US.

Goff-Crews said administrators and the Yale police chief are planning listening sessions with students in the months ahead to address the episode.

We still have so much more to do.

"The response from Dean Cooley has been awful".

Siyonbola uploaded two videos to Facebook.

"It's been very overwhelming", she said.

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This incident is just one of many to get attention since the Starbucks incident for showing how people are just really really uncomfortable around black and brown people.

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