White lady calls police on Nigerian student for sleeping in Common room

A Nigerian student at the Yale University, Lolade Siyonbola, has had the Police called on her for sleeping in a University Common room by a fellow student Sarah Braasch, who is white.

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Braasch had walked in on the female first-year graduate student Siyonbola, who studies in the African Studies department at Yale, and insisted she had a right to call the police after meeting resistance from the Nigerian.

Lolade says she was taking a nap in the students’ common room when Sarah Braasch called the campus Police to come and arrest her.

That encounter, obviously, wasn’t Lolade’s first with the racially biased Sarah Braasch.

On her Facebook wall, Lolade 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 said the friend had got lost in her (Lolade’s) building, apparently when the friend paid her a visit.

The 34-year-old Nigerian student says the Police asked her for identification, which she provided, noting,

“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.

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,”


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