Nigerian Yale Student Tells White Student “I Deserve To Be Here”
A white graduate student at Yale called police on her black counterpart after she saw the latter napping in the common area of their campus residence.
The black postgraduate student was a Nigerian lady, Lolade Siyonbola who fell asleep in the common area while working on a paper report. The white student, Sarah Braasch came in, turned onn the lights and said: “You’re not supposed to be sleeping here. I’m going to call the police.”
This encounter took place on Monday at Yale’s Hall of Graduate Studies in its New Haven campus which Lolade recorded and posted two videos on Facebook. She narrates that Sarah Braasch, who is studying Philosophy at PhD level, once called the Police on one of her (Lolade) friends a few months earlier.
She recorded her encounter with Braasch who she said told her “I have every right to call the police. You cannot sleep in that room.”
Watch the first video below:
After the police arrived, Siyonbola asked them about the complaint and one of them said: “She called us (and) said there’s somebody who appeared they weren’t … where they were supposed to be.”
When they asked for Siyonbola’s ID, she said “I deserve to be here. I pay tuition like everybody else. I’m not going to justify my existence here.”
She showed the police she had the key to her room, and also unlocked it. Another officer told her afterwards: “You’re in a Yale building and we need to make sure that you belong here.”
She later showed them her ID.
The officers said the encounter lasted longer than expected because Lolade’s name appeared differently in the school’s database.
Watch the second video below:
Siyonbola added that the white student also “called the cops on my friend a few months ago for getting lost in my building.”
In reaction, the dean of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Lynn Cooley, said in an email to students on Tuesday: “Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place.”
According to CNN, Kimberly Goff-Crews, Yale’s vice president for Student Life, in an email to students Wednesday night said she’s been “deeply troubled” by the incident.
Golf-Crews said that she’s discussing 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.”