Sadly, we’ve seen quite a few of this kind of story in the news lately. Minorities being questioned and even sometimes arrested for doing absolutely nothing. It all stems from ignorance, and, as in other cases, this incident started when a white person called the police about a black person they thought was suspicious. This time it was a black woman napping in a dormitory common room at Yale University.
The black student is Lolade Siyonbola, a graduate student in African Studies. As many college students do, Siyonbola fell asleep in her dorm’s common area recently. A fellow Yale student (who is white) called the police and reported an “unauthorized person” in the dormitory. Siyonbola was questioned for 15 minutes by the police officers and had to prove to them that she was indeed a student at Yale. Siyonbola said, “I deserve to be here. I paid tuition like everybody else. I am not going to justify my existence here. It’s not even a conversation.”
The dean of Yale’s graduate school of arts and sciences sent an email out to students and issued an apology about the incident.
And people on Twitter offered their support to Siyonbola.
When Lolade Siyonbola told the cops she belongs here, my ancestors built this place. pic.twitter.com/NlhyJvdS4j
— Makeda Nzingha Hill (@makedanzingha) May 10, 2018
One Twitter user shared a thread about her experiences at another elite academic institution, Harvard.
Another person weighed in on the problem with white citizens “policing” public areas.
And another Twitter user weighed in with their similar experience.
We all need to learn from these unfortunate incidents so they aren’t repeated in the future. So pay attention, people.
h/t: Yes Plz