Black Student at Yale University Interrogated for Taking a Nap

Black Student at Yale University Interrogated for Taking a Nap

Black Student at Yale University Interrogated for Taking a Nap

It was part of a tense, racially tinged exchange that the African studies student had this week with four police officers and the graduate student who called 911 after she found Siyonbola napping in the Hall of Graduate Studies' 12th-floor common room.

Because her name was misspelled in the student database, more officers showed up to question Siyanobola. "I'm not going to justify my existence here", she told officers.

The White woman who allegedly called the police on a Black graduate student because she was sleeping in a common area in their building.

Siyonbola recorded the 17-minute encounter with the White student who threatened to summon the police with every right to do so, and moments later several officers responded stating: "We need to make sure that you belong here".

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

Police arrived and questioned Siyonbola, who gave them her ID and showed them the keys to her apartment. There are countless stories of white people summoning the police to harass and arrest people of color who were peacefully shopping, or driving, or sitting in a Starbucks, or sitting in their own auto and reading, or waiting for a bus, or jogging, or walking, or touring a college campus, or renting a house, or nearly any other mundane activity. She said they were planning "listening sessions" with the Yale community and encouraged students to share their thoughts.




Siyonbola has since taken to Facebook and said that she's "grateful for all the love, kind words and prayers". "And if you don't look like that, you're not", she said.

The episode has drawn thousands of comments across various social media platforms. "I told her I was a Yale student lost, but waiting on a friend for aid and that I had a meeting in the Common Room". 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".

In a clip from WTNH News 8, another black student claimed that the same woman also called the cops on him, accusing him of being an intruder at the school. "I'm going to call the police", the white student said, according to Siyonbola.

You know how in grade school, when one student did something bad, instead of dealing with that one student's behavior the teacher would always tell the entire class not to misbehave?

Goff-Crews, the Yale vice president, said in her email that she's been holding discussions with campus police and other university staff "to better understand what exactly happened at HGS on Monday night, and how we can work together to avoid such incidents in the future". I don't feel safe around you.

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