- Lolade Siyonbola, a Nigerian attending Yale University, has stated that America is unsafe for black people
- She pointed out that “nothing sufficient” is being done by the institution’s management, even though there are conversations about racial discrimination against black people
- Siyonbola also decried the fact that history is not being taught in Nigerians schools; pointing out that Nigeria is raising generations set to repeat the mistakes of their forefathers
A Nigerian citizen, Lolade Siyonbola, who is a post-graduate student of African Studies at Yale University, has stated that America is not safe for black people.
In an interview with The Cable, the young lady, who was forced to prove her identity after the Police responded to a call from another student, that a black student had slept off on a couch in Yale’s Hall of Graduate Studies, said the war against racism is far from being over.
Legit.ng notes that Siyonbola, a native of Ijebu Ode, Ogun state, said she has been living in the US for over two decades.
She pointed out that even though there are conversations in Yale about racial discrimination against black people, “nothing sufficient” is being done by the institution’s management.
She stated: “Over the years they have increased recruitment of black students, but there is still a long way to go.
“What they need now is a structured office for addressing racial discrimination and enforcing punitive measures for such transgressions.”
However, she pointed out that some organisations have been giving support to black victims of racial discrimination.
She said: “Due to the US’s history of racism and racial terror, there is an infinite number of organisations who are doing this work, and have been for generations.”
Despite being away from Nigeria for a long time, Siyonbola however decried the fact that history is not being taught in Nigerians schools.
According to her, adequate understanding of the past is imperative “for us to move forward”; and would help the youth repeat the successes, not failures, of their forefathers.
She stated: “My understanding of the Nigerian education system is that history education has been increasingly minimized. This means we are raising generations set to repeat the mistakes of our forefathers.
“I urge every Nigerian to study Nigerian history, specifically the wars and the greed that devolved into the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Independence Movement, the Biafra War.
“In order for us to move forward with creative, sustainable, effective strategies, we need a populace that is deeply aware of accurate history and that is committed to not repeating the failures of our forefathers, only their successes.”
She added: “I hope that more Nigerians, through this, can gain a better understanding of race relations in America and globally.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that a Nigerian, Lolade Siyonbola, studying at Yale University, shared a discomforting news of how a race-biased student called the Police on her.
Siyonbola narrated how she was having a nap at the university's common room when a white student she identified 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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