#NappingWhileBlack: Yale embroiled in race row after freaky dorm incident

Blanche Robertson
May 11, 2018

A White student at Yale University called the police on a Black graduate student who was taking a nap in the dorm's common area, Associated Press reports. According to video shared by the student, Siyonbola's name was misspelled in the school's system, which is what led to the officers' confusion as to whether or not she was a student. "I'm going to call the police". One was of the white student, who defended her actions, saying, "I have every right to call the police".

Siyonbola told the officers she lives in the dorm and showed her room key and later provided her ID, according to USA Today.

As CNN noted, this is the latest in a series of incidents involving questionable police responses to black people who have committed no crimes.

Jean-Louis said no one from Yale University leadership, including campus police, has reached out to him to apologize. When she asks the officers why, they tell her of the call and inform her that they need to confirm she belongs in the building.

There is also the two black female golfers who got kicked out for "playing too slow" and the Toronto Chinatown restaurant that forced a black guest to pre-pay for their meal in 2014, but you know what I have to catch up on The Flash so I'm just gonna stop here.

The first of the two videos shows the white woman shortly after she called the police. "They informed the caller that the student who had been in the common room was an authorized resident and had every right to be there", Higgins said in the statement.

"You're making me uncomfortable".

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The black student, Lolade Siyonbola, took videos of the incident and livestreamed it on Facebook.

The officers asked Siyonbola for her ID, and after some delay in verifying the spelling of her name, she was cleared to go. The other video was of her interaction with police once they arrived.

In one of the most recent, three black women were detained while leaving their California Airbnb after a neighbor called police, thinking they were burglars.

Ms Siyonbola later told police the woman believed the common area, in Yale's Hall of Graduate Studies at the New Haven campus, was part of her apartment. When the Starbucks employee called the police, Daniels writes, "she was deploying a technology that was created to protect white women from men like Nelson and Robinson ― one that relies on the constant surveillance, threatened incarceration and oppression of black men".

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Lynn Cooley sent an email to all graduate and PhD students to address the situation.

Neither Siyonbola not Braasch immediately responded to INSIDER's request for comment. But I would warn them that this place can feel like a desert sometimes.

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