Cops Called on Yale Student for Sleeping While Black. Ends in a Lengthy Interrogation. [WATCH]
We've all seen episodes of "A Different World" where Denise Huxtable (or Freddie or Maggie or Kim) fall asleep in one of the common areas during a frantic study session. At the fictitious Hillman College the students are allowed to dream, wake on their own and lumber off happily to their own rooms without being accosted.
Evidently, this only happens on television because when black students fall asleep at Yale, they get the cops called on them.
"A white graduate student at Yale called the police on a black graduate student who had fallen asleep in a common area of their campus residence.
Lolade Siyonbola, who had been writing a paper at the Ivy League school, began to film herself speaking to the woman.
The woman took photos of Ms Siyonbola, and said: 'I have every right to call the police, you cannot sleep in my room'.
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."
"The African Studies student began to film again when police came, and they were seen speaking with her for more than 15 minutes before finally confirming she was a student at the university and leaving.
Police told her the encounter was prolonged because her name was not spelled correctly in a database of student information.
Ms Siyonbola did not immediately respond to emails and messages on social media requesting comment. She expressed gratitude Tuesday on her Facebook page for 'the love, kind words and prayers' she has received.
'Black Yale community is beyond incredible and is taking good care of me,' she wrote. 'I know this incident is a drop in the bucket of trauma Black folk have endured since Day One America, and you all have stories."
"The videos show Ms Siyonbola telling police the woman who called them suffered from mental illness and had called police several months ago on a friend who had gotten lost in a stairwell of the building.
Ms Siyonbola, who showed police she had a key to her room and later provided them with her ID, accused the officers of harassing her.'I deserve to be here,' she said in the video. 'I paid tuition like everybody else. I am not going to justify my existence here. It's not even a conversation."
Lynn Cooley, the Dean of Yale's graduate school of arts and sciences, sent an email to graduate students Tuesday telling them that Ms Siyonbola had every right to be in the building and inviting them to share their concerns about the incident.
'Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place,' she wrote.
'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.'
Yale has faced a number of scandals over racism and has tried to take steps to prevent it.
In February 2017, they announced they would change the name of a residential college that honors a 19th century alumnus and former U.S. vice president who was an ardent supporter of slavery, John C Calhoun.
Last year, the school also removed a 'problematic' carving of a puritan holding a gun at a Native American."
Evidently we need to add sleeping to the long list of things we can't do also while being Black. This is disgusting.