- Nigerian student studying in Yale University, Lolade Siyonbola narrates experience in the hands on a white student
- Lolade revealed how the white student called the police on her simply because she was having a nap at the common room
- According to her, this is the second time the white student called the police on a black student
A Nigerian Lolade Siyonbola studying at the Ivy League University has shared a discomforting news of how a race biased student called the police on her.
Lolade Siyonbola who is a post graduate student of African Studies at the university narrated how she was having a nap at the Yale University's common room when a White student she identifies as Sarah Braasch called the campus Police to come and arrest her.
She explained that the encounter wasn't the first she has experienced from her co-student Sarah. She wrote on her Facebook wall that Sarah Braasch, who is studying Philosophy at PhD level, once called the Police on one of her friends a few months earlier.
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She said the friend had got lost in her building during a visit. In her post Lolade mentioned that Sarah has messed with the wrong person as she vowed to get it straight with her.
She rose up to the racist Sarah Braasch and told her matter-of-fact, “I deserve to be here. I pay tuition like everybody else.”
34-year-old Lolade, added that the police asked her for identification which she didn't provided saying to them, “I’m not going to justify my existence here.”
“I really don’t know if there’s a justification for you actually being in the building,” she said to the officers, after establishing her enrollment.
Lolade also unlocked her dormitory room door in front of the officers to show she lived there after they insisted on seeing her ID.
“We’re in a Yale building and we need to make sure that you belong here,” one officer said in the video.
The officers said the encounter lasted longer than expected because Lolade’s name appeared differently in the school’s database.
The news of the racial profiling suffered by her spread throughout the campus and in reaction the dean of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Lynn Cooley, said in an email to students on Tuesday, 8 May, “Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place.''
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