Alexandra Schmeling

One day after Yale Police officers questioned a black graduate student who was reported by a white graduate student for sleeping in a Hall of Graduate Studies common room, the University sent an email to graduate and professional school students on Wednesday night describing the incident as “deeply troubling” and reaffirming Yale’s commitment to addressing incidents of “racial bias, discrimination and harassment.”

Early Tuesday morning, Yale police officers interrogated the black graduate student, Lolade Siyonbola GRD ’19, for more than 15 minutes in response to the complaint by the white graduate student, Sarah Braasch GRD ’20, about an unknown woman sleeping in the HGS common room. According to a public statement by Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins, Braasch told the police in her call that she did not know who Siyonbola was.

The email, sent by University Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Goff-Crews stated that Yale police “admonished the complaining student that the other student had every right to be present.”

Higgins said in his statement that the responding police officers also told Braasch that her complaint was not a police matter and that they would report the incident to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Lynn Cooley.

On Thursday night, University President Peter Salovey sent the Yale community an email of his own affirming “Yale’s commitment to equity and inclusion on our campus.” He wrote in the email that he met with multiple University leaders on Thursday to address the challenges Yale faces in ensuring an inclusive environment on campus.

“Universities are not utopias, and people of color experience racism on our campus as they do elsewhere in our country. This fact angers and disappoints me,” Salovey wrote. “Each of us has the power to fight against prejudice and fear. I hope you will join me in doing so.”

The incident gained significant traction on social media after Siyonbola live streamed two videos on Facebook — one of her interactions with Braasch and another of her interactions with four police officers. As of Thursday evening, a video showing her interacting with police had garnered more than 1.2 million views, 13,000 reactions, and 19,700 comments. Over 11,700 people have shared the video.

“You’re in a Yale Building and we need to make sure that you belong here,” one of the officers said to Siyonbola after first approaching her in the video showing Siyonbola’s interactions with the police.

In her email, Goff-Crews also announced that she, alongside Higgins and Cooley, will hold listening sessions with students in upcoming days and months to help avoid similar incidents in the future. She added that she will work with student leaders and administrators to act on suggestions from the Yale community to improve the University’s response to incidents of discrimination and harassment.

“We still have so much more to do,” Goff-Crews wrote in the email. “All of us in senior leadership recognize that incidents such as this one are being framed within a difficult national context.”

Goff-Crews announced early Friday morning that she, Higgins and Cooley will hold their first open session on Friday afternoon to let students “share your feelings, express your frustrations, and make suggestions.”

In the second video Siyonbola live streamed, she accused the police of harassing her.

“I deserve to be here; I paid tuition like everybody else; I am not going to justify my existence here,” Siyonbola told one of the police officers on video after she was asked to “sit tight” while they verified her student information. “I am not going to be harassed.”

Braasch, who was identified on social media by Yale students as stills and clips from Siyonbola’s videos circulated online, has not responded to multiple requests for comment. By the early hours of Thursday morning, Siyonbola’s Facebook posts had been updated to identify Braasch by name.   

Siyonbola told the News that while “this is what has happened in America since day one,” she is concerned that there will be more incidents of the police being called on black students accused of being potential intruders at Yale.

The second video Siyonbola streamed on Facebook shows her voluntarily unlocking her dormitory door in HGS to prove to the Yale police officers present that she resided in the building. After this, the police officers asked Siyonbola what she was doing in the common room, how she spells her name, and to provide her student ID for verification, according to the video.

A YPD supervisor told Siyonbola in the video that the verification of her student ID and living status at HGS was “protocol.”

In his statement, Higgins said police interviewed Braasch for over 11 minutes beginning at around 1:45 a.m., while two other officers interviewed Siyonbola for “about 15 minutes.” He said the officer who interviewed Braasch started to think that Siyonbola was likely a student after finding a computer, books, notebooks, blanket and pillow where she was stationed in the HGS common room.

According to the police officers in the video, Siyonbola’s name was not spelled correctly in a database of student information used by the YPD, leading to confusion about her status as a student. Higgins said that Siyonbola’s official name on her ID differed from the preferred name she had listed in the YPD database. As a result, the ID assessment took roughly 15 minutes, which is “longer than usual,” Higgins said.

After speaking with Braasch about her actions for seven minutes, he added, the officers left HGS at about 2:34 a.m.

Cooley sent an email to all PhD and masters students in the Graduate School on Tuesday evening emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and inviting students to share their comments and concerns in light of the incident.

“Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place,” Cooley wrote. “I am committed to redoubling our efforts to build a supportive community in which all graduate students are empowered in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals within a welcoming environment. An essential part of that effort must be a commitment to mutual respect and an open dialog.”

According to Siyonbola and Jean-Louis Reneson GRD ’19, another black graduate student, this is not the first time Braasch has called the police to HGS.

In March, Reneson and Siyonbola submitted a complaint about a separate incident to Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity Michelle Nearon. According to a copy of the complaint Reneson provided to the News, the incident began when Siyonbola invited several colleagues, including Reneson, to a meeting in the HGS common room on February 24. Reneson, lost in HGS, was physically blocked by Braasch from entering the common room after he asked her for directions, the complaint read.

Reneson told the News that Braasch did not appear to believe that he was a Yale student trying to enter the HGS common room for a meeting, and instead accused him of being an intruder.

“Feeling ignored, I went down to the base of the twelfth floor and eleventh floor and turned my back, but she continued to verbally assault me from the twelfth floor claiming that I ‘didn’t belong here’ and I was making her ‘uncomfortable,’” Reneson said.

Reneson said that Braasch then left the area, and Siyonbola subsequently showed up to begin the meeting. But, according to the complaint, four police officers then showed up in HGS to inspect a “suspicious character” on the twelfth floor. According to the complaint, shortly after establishing that Reneson was a Yale student invited by Siyonbola for a meeting in HGS, the police left.

In an email to Reneson sent on Wednesday, following the most recent incident involving Siyonbola, Cooley confirmed that the same student called the police on both occasions.   

“[Cooley] just finally sent me an email to discuss it,” Reneson said. “It’s her job to know these things, but now it’s damage control.”

The complaint submitted by Reneson and Siyonbola stated that calling the police on Reneson and other “acts of micro-aggression and psychological violence” at the University leave many black graduate and professional students feeling unsafe.

Siyonbola told the News that she found Cooley’s response to the latest police incident in HGS inadequate.

“The response from Dean Cooley has been terrible. I don’t remember receiving any sort of apology or anything from her the first time, and this time the email that she sent was very vague, just not decisive, it just wasn’t direct with what the actual issues are,” Siyonbola said. “Do you want black students at Yale or do you not want black students at Yale? If you do, then be very clear about taking decisive action so incidents do not continue to happen. We don’t want to wait for a fatality, we don’t want to wait for what happened at Harvard before actual action is taken on this.”

The Harvard incident Siyonbola was referring to took place on April 13, when a black Harvard undergraduate standing naked in a street was tackled and punched by police officers during an arrest. On April 30, Harvard announced that it would review the events which led to the student’s arrest. Harvard University President Drew Faust wrote in an email to the Harvard community that “it is clear, in light of the recent incident and the ensuing conversations, that there is work for us to do.”

Cooley told the News that she monitored the first incident involving Reneson closely, and that she is “completely sympathetic to the feelings of Ms. Siyonbola and Mr. Reneson.” She added that, although Yale has appointed and trained dean designees to work with students on discrimination and harassment complaints, the University needs to do more to provide a supportive and inclusive learning community for students.

Yale announced new resources to address discrimination and harassment concerns in October 2017, which included dean’s designees in the graduate and professional schools “to whom students may express their concerns about any form of discrimination and harassment,” and an updated version of the Bulldog Mobile (LiveSafe) app that allows users to anonymously report issues of harassment and discrimination to various University officers.

Britton O’Daly | britton.odaly@yale.edu

Correction, May 10: This version of the story has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Jean-Louis Reneson’s name in all references. 

Update, May 10:This story has been updated to include comments made by University President Peter Salovey and Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins in statements sent to the Yale community on Thursday.

  • Benson Stein

    WTF? This is worse than the Jim Crow days. All these liberal elite colleges are racist as hell, under their patina of social justice and inclusiveness.

    • “M”

      Yale didn’t do so well the last time they were called on the carpet for racism. https://jezebel.com/we-need-yale-to-choose-us-inside-the-racial-tensions-o-1742070334 Perhaps they’ll do better this time given that this is the climate they’ve enabled.
      https://jezebel.com/yales-chapter-of-sae-known-for-white-girls-only-inciden-1774539940

    • “M”

      At the same time, this happens in institutions all over the country, every year –

      https://medium.com/s/story/racism-on-stage-at-the-university-of-florida-7244e1f38ca8

      but the incidents have escalated since Trump was … installed in the WH, as documented by the SPLC.

      • mbpuckett

        The SPLC is a fraudulent shakedown operation.

        • “M”

          You also seem like a fraudulent shakedown operation.

    • Nick Penland

      Your trolling is severely LACKING. Please make your way to the nearest winow and jump.

    • A-lilith

      George W. Bushes alma mater Liberal ? Yale is a good ol boys club just like most of the Ivy League Universities. Worse then Jim Crow not by half. This has been going on for years though its just getting filmed these days……

    • Ralphiec88

      Try not to be ridiculous. One student with a history of calling the cops on fellow students turns into “all these elite liberal colleges”? I have no doubt that there are other students who hold racist views, just as your workplace and circle of friends undoubtedly includes people who are racist. That shouldn’t be acceptable, but it shouldn’t be equated to Jim Crow either.

    • John Dingle Barry

      Worse than Jim Crow days? Are you short a chromosome?

    • Kendall Powers

      Worse than the Jim Crow days? Is this hyperbole Thursday?

    • mbpuckett

      You’re out of your mind.

    • downtown21

      Yeah I’m pretty sure it’s not worse than when blacks ended up getting lynched if they tried to vote.

      Yale isn’t racist as hell. Sarah Braasch is racist as hell, and she’s probably going to be expelled for it. You’re not helping by lashing out at the entire university.

    • Elizabeth Bates

      Yale is a diverse University. Yale accept Blacks, Latinos, Asians and even White Racist Conservatives too. Maybe Sarah Braasch learns to be a decent person for once in her life, or not. Hopefully, she goes on academic suspension until she stop being a racist, that would be the liberal elite thing to do.

      • ldffly

        How do you know Sarah Braasch is a conservative racist? Many white liberals who live within gated communities are suspicious of black people beyond all reason. How do you know that that is not the source of her attitude?

        • ldffly

          I have since learned of Sarah Braasch’s opinions. Certainly not a liberal.

          • Elizabeth Bates

            Be wary of women fighting for women’s rights, sometimes it not always all women. Sometimes, it all elaborate hoax for their own personal interest and goals while stepping upon or hindering other women. Fighting to prevent women from wearing Burka is so much different than fighting for women to have equal rights for all women.

        • jgh59

          Unless you are a white liberal, I doubt you know what you are talking about.

    • Mister Smith

      Oh don’t be stupid. Sarah Braasch is a racist who caused the whole thing. Yale has responded appropriately. One or even a dozen bad eggs is no reason to slam the entirely university system.

    • form

      Worse than Jim Crow? Ehhh . . . Don’t think I’d go that far.

    • JTDraper

      Ha! Yah, just the ‘liberal elite.’ Because that way, you get to blame the libs, amirite? Because the ‘con elite’ (I know, sounds funny because it is) would never discriminate against Black people.

    • Bill Clay

      And your community college is better? I doubt you’ve attended Yale.

      • (((PirateCafe))) 25/*45

        Who would want to after instances such as this?

  • i_ally

    Here is an piece which appears to be written by Sarah Baarsch (her bio checks out) in which she articulates very weird views of slavery and the rights of Muslim women. It’s… problematic. Even more so with this new context.

    https://thehumanist.com/magazine/september-october-2010/features/lift-the-veil-see-the-light

    • Tom Maguire

      Hmm, the outrage community has prompted the removal of that piece from that site, although it appears in the Google cache from May 6, 2018.
      The piece is titled “Lift the Veil, See the Light”. First sentence is
      “WE WERE STUDYING the American Civil War in one of my middle school social studies classes when we were charged with the task of debating the pros and cons of slavery.”, so a Google on that leads to other on-line versions.
      This is still up:

      https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Lift+the+veil%2C+see+the+light.-a0236631549

      Back in middle school she was assigned to the group defending slavery and hit on the historically supported notion (I suppose) that some slaves were uncomfortable in the brave new post-Civi War world and “didn’t want to stop being slaves”. Sub-optimal phrasing, no doubt.
      But she then argues that Muslim women earning the burqa are similarly coerced and need to be freed whether they think they want to be freed or not. Hence her support for the no-burqa laws in France, where she helped organize protests.
      She claims to be an ardent feminist so I suspect she is being chewed up in a Blue on Blue dogpile. But whatever. Yale and UPenn tie (in Daily Beast review) as the most dangerous Ivies and place 13th and 14th in their nationwide rankings.
      New Haven has inner-city issues with crime and homelessness and a much higher rate of reported crimes than most other universities.

      (Link: https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/yale-university/student-life/crime/)

      Factoid:
      Yale University reported 266 safety-related incidents involving students on or near campus or other Yale affiliated properties in 2016. Of the 2,795 colleges and universities that reported crime and safety data, 2,439 of them reported fewer incidents than this.

      I do love the reporting on this. In the Times, the woman sleeping in the common area at 1:30 AM is “napping”. When I sleep at 1:30 in the afternoon, it’s napping. After midnight, it’s “sleeping” and I am down for the count.
      Whatever. Chew her up.

    • Tattycoram

      They’ve taken it down and put up a long quasi-apologetic note for ever publishing it in the first place.

    • td2016

      Well, it’s refreshing that her critics are coming out of the closet as haters of her speech and writings.

  • mbpuckett

    Here’s the real scandal: That dorm looks like a real dump.

  • Walter S

    braasch was an affirmative action minority: a conservative national socialist

  • Trillfate

    Will the reckless white supremacist Braasch be punished or not?

  • Trillfate

    Will the reckless bigot Braasch be punished or not?

  • Trillfate

    Will the reckless Braasch be punished or not?

    • td2016

      No.

  • MaxPowar

    Sarah Braasch is a self-proclaimed women’s rights advocate and secularist.

    Also evidently a closeted, passive-aggressive racist.

    By her now toxic association, Sarah’s just done more damage to those causes than any good she has ever done in support of them.

  • MaxPowar

    edit: oops double post. pls delete, mods.

  • ronkirchem

    I was a grad student at Yale in the 1960s. Tho I am a white Southerner by upbringing, I saw similar things happen at Yale. That is one reason I have never given the university a penny in donations. Let the legacy families pay to educate their privileged offspring. – Ronald G. Kirchem, MA ’67

  • M B

    Ok, in all fairness, it seems more that the problem is less the cops, and more that this Sarah Braasch is a racist cow, who keeps calling the cops on black people. She should get written up for counseling or something. I dunno, make her write, “I will stop calling the cops every time I see a black person,” 50 times on a chalkboard or something.

    • td2016

      There is no evidence that Braasch is racist. She appears to be high strung and eccentric. Further, the hysteria in these comments is triggered by 15 minutes of inconvenience to someone who put her nick name on her official ID. There is no there there.

      • M B

        She consistently calls the cops on any black person she sees in the dorms. That’s a leeeetle bit racist, bro.

  • Nick Penland

    Sarah Braasch needs to be SWATted and harassed and see how it feels on the other side of the spectrum. She’ll never so much as file a complaint again

  • AnonWho

    ‘Cooley told the News that… she is “completely sympathetic to the feelings of Ms. Siyonbola and Mr. Reneson.”‘ Rather than be sympathetic to their feelings, she should have the same feelings. Her language itself reflects how much she doesn’t care – it’s a concessionary nod to these black students’ outrage, rather than an expression of her own outrage. I’m not black, but that shouldn’t stop me from feeling just as angry, shocked and betrayed (even if I cannot come close to understanding what they’ve been through) as my fellow human beings Ms Siyonbola & Mr Reneson.

    • MDMoney

      Completely agree. I’m disgusted. My brother didn’t get into Yale and was depressed for a few days. Reading this, I’m relieved he did not!

      • td2016

        The comments here do not reflect Yale. Most of the commenters here appear to be unbalanced opportunists and virtue signalers, which is not Yale.

    • downtown21

      You’re not helping

    • td2016

      There is no evidence that Cooley can use indicating that anything can or should be done to Braasch. Anyone who urges punishment of another without first hearing her side practically exemplifies “banality of evil.” Further, your hysteria is triggered by 15 minutes of inconvenience to someone who put her nick name on her official ID.

      • PhilOiseaubay

        Sarah Braasch, is that you? Is td2016 your avatar?

        • td2016

          No

  • https://twitter.com/rskurat RMS

    Stiles ’86 here. Just wiped the alumni records of my contact info. I am so done.

  • Steve Arkwright

    How can this happen? How is this awful racist allowed to remain on campus?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/330dcee765777aec10d3bb0fbbbd97f2191719d09a77edb19ae2ff6f4601bb58.jpg

    • disqus_45gBs44dew

      stevearkwright what

  • Higherominous Bosh

    I’ll go first: ”The stupid, it burns!”

    “[The complainant’s] secularism and women’s rights advocacy (including with Ni Putes Ni Soumises in Paris, France) led her to obtain an MA in Philosophy, to address the sub-human legal status of the world’s women…”

    • Ralphiec88

      It’s curious that someone who proclaims a desire to “to address the sub-human legal status of the world’s women at the source, the philosophical foundations of law” seems to be leveraging law enforcement to exercise her racism.

    • ldffly

      That’s philosophy in today’s world; little more than a means to a political goal.

  • nast3e

    Sarah Braasch should be expelled, racist Beckys like her who are ‘uncomfortable’ just having dark-skinned people around them should be named and shamed. Worthless wastes of air.

    • Beavis

      Is using the term “Beckys” not, in itself, a racist act?

    • terryhughes

      Total irrational hate and nasty virtue signaling.

  • concerned

    Look Yale, Cooley among others needs to go, NOW. After ignoring concerns of her graduate student, Annie Le, she was promoted from the medical school faculty to become A&S Dean. What damage control? She is doing nothing for the GSAS!

  • Jen

    American citizens NOT required to carry ID. What if you loose your ID you are still allowed out of your house like to get a new one. USSA gone insane.

    • terryhughes

      I believe that Yale students are required to carry Yale ID.

  • Da Alpha Supreme

    Spend your money elsewhere. This is a shame in this day & time. America is going backwards & it will not stop!

  • CS

    I like how the listening sessions will be held in an effort to make Yale “TRULY inclusive,” as if it’s even sort of inclusive as it is. Why not just admit that Yale (and to be fair, the entire Ivy League) has a LONG way to go?

    Looking forward to cop-caller facing the professional and social repercussions of this one. No sympathy here. Her bio says that she researches the philosophy of law. If she really loves the idea of justice and a just world, she’s sure got a funny way of showing it.

  • godisafairytale

    This Sarah Braasch seems like a real racist and should be tossed out of the college.

    • terryhughes

      She’s not in the college.

  • Elizabeth K. Rodham

    I love my HBCU! 🐻

    • Ken B

      HBCU alum here. I think I can confidently say, this would never happen at my HBCU.

      • Elizabeth K. Rodham

        HBCU Alum as well (Morgan State MBA c/o 2006). I understand the advantages of a Yale education. However, my degrees have opened many doors and I felt safe and welcomed on campus. I feel for anyone that has to endure these situations. These students are simply trying accomplish their desired educational goals for the betterment and enrichment of their lives.

  • Matthew Paul

    Expel the racist Sarah Braasch.

    • terryhughes

      Pure, stupid, uninformed hate.

    • td2016

      Anyone who urges punishment of another without first hearing her side practically exemplifies “banality of evil.” Further, your hysteria is triggered by 15 minutes of inconvenience to someone who put her nick name on her official ID.

  • Jenn

    So, this co-resident KNEW that Siyonbola lived in the residence and called the police anyway? She needs to be evicted from residence. Period. It isn’t the first incident and it was malicious. Anything less is telling her that her actions were acceptable.

    I have no doubt there are protocols for rule breaking, which she refused to follow and chose instead to involve police. That cannot be supported, it makes living in the dorm dangerous and violent, an unsafe place that distracts from rather than contributing to excellence in academic scholarship. She needs to go; she has demonstrated her inability to be a contributing and supportive member of community living.

    • Tom Maguire

      Per the video, Siyonbola says the two had never met. Siyonbola knew of her from the earlier incident but apparently they had not met then.

    • terryhughes

      Where are you getting any of this? I don’t see a report that Braasch knew Siyonbola is a student. Did I miss it?

      What rule are you so sure Braasch broke? I’m not aware of any “rule” prohibiting a student from “involving the police.” Are you saying Braasch lied? What lie? A young male intruder claiming to be a Yale employee pulled a gun on two Yale women in their own room just a couple of weeks ago. Are you saying you are sure Braasch was not responding to that incident?

      Unless you have some facts to support your claims here, I suggest you get some rest. Take a nap.

      • W Lee

        I find it amazing how apologist are making excesses for this women whose motives are clearly based on race. Did you not read in the article that when a young black male student tried to enter the common area not only did she block his entrance she also continued to verbally assault him from the twelfth floor claiming “that I ‘didn’t belong here’ and I was making her ‘uncomfortable,’”. I am trying to understand how a hostile act as verbal assaulting someone with claims of who “does or does not” belong to this school cannot be seen as racist in nature? The fact that she “physically blocked his entrance” does not suggest any sort of concern for her safety and well being. This behavior if the races were reversed would most likely cause some sort of charges against the perpetrator? This is the entitled white behavior of the South in the 60’s but I guess in the 21 century this kind of unpunished behavior has not be been assigned to the past at Yale?

        • td2016

          Who cares what you find “amazing,” since you are obviously brimming with prejudice and hate.

          Anyone who urges punishment of another without first hearing her side practically exemplifies “banality of evil.” Further, your hysteria is triggered by 15 minutes of inconvenience to someone who put her nick name on her official ID.

          Your attempt to inflate this incident is hilarious.

          I, personally, once had a female grad student call the YPD to check me out because I was studying late and alone in the mathematics library. I showed the responding officer my Yale IS and he checked it by radio.

          Big deal. Your umbrage has a distinctly self-serving tone to it that is, to me, very off putting.

          • oldgrad

            Wow, your story is conveniently similar to this one! I’m calling BS, unless you provide a link to the YPD report.

          • W Lee

            Yea see my answer to TerryHughes to your comment.

        • terryhughes

          There is no evidence of racial intent here. Your interpretation of the facts is forced, and there are many other posdible explanations. Braasch is a high strung, eccentric person who is motivated by drives and interests obviously well beyond you experiences. Your reasoning could well be described as “proof by lack of imagination.” You appear to find it easy to conclude that Braasch was driven by racism because you essentially think everything is driven by racism. And you are not alone in these comments.

          • W Lee

            So tell me learn it one, how come their is no reports of her calling the police on any other student sleeping in the student lounge? An eccentric person would be erratic in their behavior with ANYONE of ANY RACES who was doing this but a racist person would just display this behavior if it was someone of another races who did this. Maybe no one else was seen sleeping in this area by her or maybe she did report this behavior on other people who were not black and not reported by the news media and thus I would be.incorrect in my assumption but until that information comes out if it walks like a duck then…

          • terryhughes

            You argument is convoluted. You have no evidence and no access to her mind. Worse, what all this should impress on you is that you are trying to reach a judgment without hearing her side. And all the hate pouring from her critics isn’t conducive to her speaking.

            She is a lawyer. While her critics affect high dudgeon, she may have some serious legal claims here.

          • W Lee

            Then for a lawyer she should lay out her case to the public or she will continue to be judged by the public. Explain why she felt the need to call the police on this young woman simply because she feel asleep in a common area of a study hall? Explain why she felt the need to block the entrance of the young man “and just this young man” who was entering the building.? And explain why both of these people happened to be black? You are accusing everyone of throwing accusations of racism at her and yet you are defending her actions with no clear proof that the werent malevolent in nature.

          • terryhughes

            Actually, given the violent reaction of many of her critics, it seems likely that Ms Braasch may respond by filing a civil lawsuit against Ms Siyonbola, Yale and others for invasion of privacy, defamation, tortious infliction of emotional distress and perhaps more. Given the extreme positions taken by some of her critics in these comments, I would not be surprised if her damage clsim could be imposingly large. I also wonder if the people posting here realize that their identities are discoverable in a civil action, and they could be added as defendants. And I’m still trying to figure out how one has the right to video another HGS resident in the private hall outside her room and then post the video on Facebook with critical commentary.

            Also, I believe you have some of your facts wrong. She is not reported to have blocked anyone from entering HGS. The incident, I believe, occured on the 12th floor. That young man is a Yale student, but he is not an HGS resident, something evident from his asking Ms Braasch for directions. If HGS rules require guests to be accompanied by an HGS resident, which may or may not be the case, then it appears Ms Braasch was correct ithat he did “not belong here.” I am certainly not arguing that these are the rules or facts, any more than I am defending Ms Braasch’s actions (as you erroneously state). What I am saying is that we have not heard Ms Braasvh’s side, and there is no evidence she was motivated by racism.

          • W Lee

            And there is no evidence YET that this incident wasnt based on race. The fact that people post what they see as evidence of racist behavior does not amount to liable in my opinion. The fact is she can comment on this at any time and the news media would be more than willing to hear her side of the story. You say you dont “condone her actions” which seems somewhat disingenuous considering this ongoing discussions and your defense of the possible reasons for them. I don’t know her and I could be wrong after hearing her side but I am not coming up with some hypothetical argument as to why she did what she did or didnt do. I am simply going by what I have read it the news which so far has not been very complimentary. If you have personal knowledge that I and most people posting here dont then maybe you should state that as well?

          • terryhughes

            Right. And there is no evidence YET that you aren’t Jack the Ripper, so we have to treat that as a serious possibility.

          • W Lee

            Yes true if I lived 300 years ago??? If your going to make a reference to some sort of evidence at least try to make one that is somewhat current and relatable like there’s no evidence you aren’t the Golden State Killer??

          • terryhughes

            There’s no reason to root counterexamples to anti-logic close to home. You are trying to treat no evidence as evidence. Preposterous. Desperate. Ridiculous.

          • W Lee

            Its been almost two weeks plus since this issue was brought to the media and thus the public’s attention and yet still no response from this women for her actions. Your steadfast defense of her continues as if you either know her, agree with her actions or are her. She is no different IMO than the white woman that called the cops on a black family grilling in a park that was a designated area for grilling IN THE PARK. It is intimidation by cop to try and remind black people that they are not welcomed in certain places. You can continue to defend her action as either not racially driven or are racially driven and you agre with them but untill she proves orherwise I see it as racist in nature and that will stand no matter how many insipid comments you make here.

          • terryhughes

            Perhaps there are no such reports because she didn’t come upon any other students sleeping in the 12th floor common room? Just a guess. Also, I have no idea what the HGS rules are regarding sleeping in that common room. Do you? Ms Braasch seemed pretty sure that it isn’t allowed, and it is right next to her room. There are a lot of commenters here claiming that people sleep in Yale common rooms routinely, but the common rooms of the residential colleges are deliberately public spaces. The HGS 12th floor common room is quite different from the residential college common rooms.

            You have no insight into her mind, and your attempt to put her eccentricities in a box is unsupportable. It also serves as a reminder that passing judgment without hearing from her is dead wrong, and no convoluted argument is going to make that fact go away. There is no duck in this case, there are only ignorant excited critics chooding to bay like a pack of wolves over a fifteen minute ID check.

  • cappington

    Well, other than the Trump Administration, she’s pretty hosed at finding any near-future employment. But perhaps even longer now that her name is now locked into the icy death grip of Google searches. Also…who in God’s name pays that much tuition at Yale for a philosophy degree? It’s like she’s doing everything in her power to be unemployed.

  • Jess

    Black students are obviously are not welcome at Yale. Their response to this is unsatisfactory. I’m trying to understand has there been some recent crime wave on the campus that would lead to this sort of paranoia. People don’t break into universities to nap in the common room. She showed the police she lived there and still had to endure 15 minutes of questioning because her name was misspelled. The person who keeps calling the police needs to be fined the next time, and then expelled.

    • CovertOps

      It doesn’t happen exclusively to one group, as much as you would like it to fit your narrative… that just isn’t true.

    • terryhughes

      Her name was not misspelled. She put a nick name on her ID, which slowed up the check for a few minutes. She didn’t have to “endure” 15 minutes of questioning.bshe was required to “sit tight” and wait.

      Every single thing in your comment is exaggeration.

  • Danise Elijah

    This woman, Sarah Braasch, needs to be expelled. Period.

    • terryhughes

      Such a marvelously pure expression of mindless, stupid hate. Really exquisite!

    • td2016

      Anyone who urges punishment of another without first hearing her side practically exemplifies “banality of evil.” Further, your hysteria is triggered by 15 minutes of inconvenience to someone who put her nick name on her official ID. You seem to have lost your mind.

  • Dorian Mode

    Would have gotten treated better at the University of Alabama.

  • Higherominous Bosh

    Also: Terrell Williams is making perfect sense (w/o being all “woke” in your face):
    youtube[dot]com/watch?v=I50D0Pgss70

    Summary:
    “See something, say something” has been “weaponized” and used for “racial profiling” and “passive/aggressive racism.”
    Police, sadly, just doing their job — as they are required to do.
    People of color can’t do anything “normal,” can’t just “be themselves in public” without disturbing some white person’s existence.
    “G-d ain’t racist.”

    P.S. Someone asked elsewhere (and I think the point is valid): How often do Black Yalies call the cops on a white woman napping in the common room?

    P.P.S. Funny how white priv asserts itself in the face of a Ni Putes Ni Soumises but up-close and too-darn-local “non-submissive” woman of color… Bolsters my view that “elites” often are the biggest (but secret) bigots, spewing: “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

  • Ray Magiore

    Expel the racist woman from Yale. She shouldn’t be allowed to continue there. Make her life miserable.

    • Ralphiec88

      Exactly whose job is it to make someone’s life miserable?

      • Alfredo C

        Society’s. She’s been doxxed now and her life will be miserable going forward. Certainly she can, at the very least, expect to have her coffee flavored with saliva, that stores won’t have what she’s looking for in stock, to miss out on social events, be shunned by her classmates and treated like the radioactive garbage she is.

        • td2016

          HGS is definitely NOT a public space. Does anyone know if Siyonbola committed a Connecticut crime or tort by recording These videos in HGS and doxxing Braasch on Facebook? Braasch might have quite a cause of action against Siyonbola for doing that, with maybe a big damages award if the lunatic commenters here urging she be “shunned” etc have their way. Invasion of privacy? Worse?

          Does anyone know? I don’t, but I wouldn’t be surprised either way.

          • Alfredo C

            She’s a lawyer. If she thought calling the cops on a black classmate for sleeping was appropriate I’d guess she’d know if having her picture taken is a crime. #duh

            She’s been doxxed and her life will be a living hell from now on and she earned it.

          • oldgrad

            Afraid you’ll also be doxxed along with your previous racist posts?

            So according to you:
            Having four armed police come to your room to make you verify that you live in your dorm room is a totally normal, minor inconvenience.
            Being shunned by your neighbors and peers for calling the police — repeatedly — to investigate fellow students who happen to be black merits legal action and big damages?

          • PhilOiseaubay

            Wow!
            You’re probably one of those in full support of the assault charges against DeAndre Harris during the Charlottesville white nationalist rally. The judge threw out the charge like he’d throw out yours and later two white nationalists (like I assume you are) were convicted by juries of assaulting DeAndre. Do you view those convictions as a travesty?

      • Alejandro Moreno S.

        Society’s.

      • Compurgator

        In the case of an over-reacher? An intruder upon somebody else’s right to be left alone? An arrogant aggressor and trouble-maker? That “someone’s”? It’s everybody’s job, and it’s to be done as tellingly and thoroughly as can legally be accomplished.

        • Ralphiec88

          So…you don’t want anyone overreaching, intruding on someone else’s right to be left alone, or being an arrogant aggressor…unless the subject is deemed bad? Then everybody can pile on?

      • Boner Pee

        My ex-wife.

    • terryhughes

      Congratulations, that the purest, most idiotic expression of hate and stupidity yet appearing in these comments! You win the brass ring!

    • dsignrr

      It appears that her life already “is” miserable.

  • Gexxr

    What are the consequences Braasch will be facing?

    • http://www.yamanoor.com/ Yamanoor Srihari

      Nothing. We’ll all express outrage at Yale, like we did at Colorado State, then another person of color somewhere else will be assaulted, either at 3AM on Twitter, or through another means, and we will move our incipient outrage in that direction…

    • terryhughes

      Probably nothing institutional at all.

      It appears some commenters here are so full of hate as to possibly harass her personally.

  • downtown21

    “She added that, although Yale has
    appointed and trained dean designees to work with students on
    discrimination and harassment complaints, the University needs to do
    more to provide a supportive and inclusive learning community for
    students.”

    Step 1: EXPEL SARAH BRAASCH

    I understand that once police are called about a “suspicious character” or “possible intruder” or whatever that they’re obligated to investigate. But this just makes it way too easy for a racist person to subject POC to harassment. All you have to do is make the call, then sit back as the police question someone who didn’t deserve it. THERE HAVE TO BE CONSEQUENCES FOR THAT. Ms. Braasch needs to be punished for what she’s done, otherwise it will happen again.

    I’m sick of hearing these stories. I’m sick of hearing about an Arab-American family on vacation that gets pulled off a plane and has their travel plans ruined because someone on the plane was “nervous.” It’s all related. IT’S JUST TOO EASY for a single person to ruin a POC’s day (or worse) just by making a phone call. Something has to be done, and a good place to start is to punish the people using the police in this manner.

  • Mister Smith

    I don’t blame Yale or the police for this. It sounds like they did their jobs as routinely as expected. It’s Sarah Braasch alone, calling on the cops, who caused both incidents because Sarah is a flat out racist.
    Reneson is trying to blow it up into something terrible Yale did. Reneson comes across as looking for media attention.
    Yale responded appropriately. And I think Sarah’s about to learn a lesson from the negative media coverage and disapproval of her peers.

    • really?

      Once she unlocked her apartment and showed her ID, why did the encounter continue?

      Maybe I’m reading it differently, but Reneson wanting the university to take a firm stance BEFORE there are multiple events seems like the point.

      Trying to make noise is inherently about trying to push things into the spotlight.

      Yale handled the first Braasch police call indifferently. That IS bad:
      “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

      • Suddenlysusan23

        This exactly. There are a lot of incidents where it seems like someone might be crying wolf but this is not one of them.
        This girl clearly has psychological problems .

      • terryhughes

        It is standard and correct protocol for YPD officers to obtain Yale ID from any person unfamiliar to the officer who about whom a a security check has been requested. A key is not Yale ID. Further, Siyonbola at first refused to provide her ID and said she might not provide it at all. She was inconvenienced for just 15 minutes, during which she was NOT “interrogated,” contrary to the YDN incorrect vocabulary. There was a delay in checking her ID because she put a nick name on it, NOT EVEN THE TYPO PREVIOUSLY REPORTED. Anyone who puts a nick name on their ID will probably eventually run into such an inconvenience.

        There is no substance to this story. Syandola was definitely not harassed by YPD, and those insinuating otherwise are disgraceful. Braasch has not provided her side of the storybat all, and all the commenters here drawing wild, hateful conclusions sbout her are revolting. There is no evidence she was motivated by race. None.

        • really?

          real question: How do you know it is “standard protocol” for Yale officers to do all that?

    • ralphlaw

      1. With Reneson Yale should have addressed the fact that he was physically blocked from getting into the room by another student.

      2. The dean should have addressed the fact that Braasch verbally assaulted Reneson.

      3. The school should have a more nuanced policy of reporting potentially unauthorized individuals. E.g. try your RA first, then escalate to the cops if they can’t be found in a timely manner.

      Yale ignored at least 2 serious infractions, and could do a lot more policy-wise.

      According to Reneson, he didn’t even get an acknowledgement of his complaint until this got to the news. Do you believe that’s ok?

      • John Dingle Barry

        There is no such thing as “verbal assault”, grow up.

        • https://twitter.com/rskurat RMS

          assault is threatening behavior including gestures & language, that stops short of physical attack, which is called battery. That’s why “assault & battery” is a charge you frequently hear. Look it up.

      • terryhughes

        O, do you think Ms Braasch might have something to say about the young male intruder posing as a Yale employee who pulled a gun on two Yale woment in their own room about two blocks away and two weeks ago?

        I see zero evidence of any “infraction” here. I see evidence that Ms Braasch may be over excitable.

        And I see an huge outpouring of disgusting hate in many of the comments here, including yours.

    • Clarence Patton

      Actually, police – including campus police – have wide discretion in how to handle complaints. As in the Starbucks situation, the police here did not gather or pay attention to relevant information on the situation. Competent police spend a little time assessing the situation to make better determinations as to whether or not a complaint has merit.

      And as for Yale, after Braasch blocked passage of another student in the first incident, she should’ve been brought in. You legally cannot do that.

    • http://www.yamanoor.com/ Yamanoor Srihari

      This happened TWICE. Yale, and the police both share the blame. Clearly, neither did anything to discourage Frau Braasch, and from what we know, she still walks around uncensored.

    • terryhughes

      Yale’s only involvement was through the YPD, which did the exactly correct thing across the board.

  • Wheaton

    “Clarification, May 10: This version of the story has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Jean-Louis Reneson’s name in all references.” …except it still says “Renenson” twice. Come on, YDN!

    • https://twitter.com/rskurat RMS

      it’s been updated with the correct spelling; previous versions, no longer visible, had an incorrect spelling. Do you read?

      • Wheaton

        It’s been updated, *again*, this time fixing it. At the time of my comment, Reneson’s name was still misspelled twice. …as I said in my comment. (A visit to web.archive.org will confirm this, by the way.) Keep YDN-shilling for whatever you get out of it, though.

  • discoqueen240

    Student disciplinary affairs should get involved and investigate bias based harassment by this cop caller.

    • terryhughes

      Your virtue signaling knob is turned up to eleven.

  • form

    Way to go, Yale! That #deplorable deserves NO anonymity!

    • terryhughes

      That comment is pure, politicized hate, the kind that rots the mind and soul of the hater.

  • ralphlaw

    I believe she should be reported to the NYS Bar.

    Not as retaliation but her REPEATED actions should be considered in her continuing being an agent of the law.

    I understand someone making a mistake, but this first report ( Reneson ) was awful and malicious.

  • Herb Coleman

    First these are not “micro aggressions”; they are serious threats and assaults. Second, when will police buy a clue? Why didn’t they ask, “what is the person doing?” When the respondent said sleeping, they should have asked,”don’t students often take naps in the commons?” Braasch is a bully and should be sued for defamation as well as cited for filing false reports.

    • Ralphiec88

      No, they are not “threats” or “assaults”.

      • Clarence Patton

        Given that what should be simple (or non) interactions between law enforcement and Black people doing nothing or nothing wrong often end in a dead Black person, they are indeed both threats – to safety and well-being – and assaults – on the rights and freedoms of citizens.

      • Alfredo C

        Yes, they are. See how that works?

        • terryhughes

          Nothing in that comment works.

          • Alfredo C

            It all works beautifully. I can do this all day.

        • Ralphiec88

          Sure, except that “threat” and “assault” have actual definitions. You don’t get to make up your own.

          • Alfredo C

            Sure, except the legal definitions of threat and assault encompass more nuance then what you perceive. You don’t get to define them according to your own narrow perception of the world.
            Both happened in this case. Deal with it.

          • Ralphiec88

            Do explain how this incident was an “assault”. I’m fully prepared to “deal with it”.

          • Alfredo C

            An assault is an attempt or threat to injure another person.

            Given the recorded number of deaths over the last few years of unarmed African-Americans who’ve committed no crime at the hands of police simply by coming into contact with them and the highly visible rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in response, a valid legal case can be made that Braasch intended such an outcome when she called the police for witnessing nothing more than a black person napping.

            Given her well-documented history as an advocate for slavery, her objections to hate crimes legislation and rabid Islamophobia, along with her level of education entirely ruling out the possibility that she’d be ignorant of these criminal acts by the police and the protests that have grown out of these incidents, intent would be a piece of cake to show.

            If the mere attempt to sic a rabid pit bull on someone, even if it never actually happens, is an assault in the law, and it is, then using the police in the same way qualifies as such. Deal with it.

          • Ralphiec88

            Oh please. The odds of YPD roughing up a woman of color who says she’s in her own dorm are no better than those of a lightning strike. Braasch is ridiculous and likely racist, but describing her writings as “advocate for slavery” and “rabid Islamophobia” are the sort of reductive leaps best left to right wing infotainment lunatics.

          • Alfredo C

            The odds of adult men in law enforcement roughing up a teenage girl in a bikini at a pool party or handcuffing two black men for sitting in Starbucks are no better than your scenario and both happened. Are you suggesting the police killings of all those unarmed black men and boys have all been reasonable, justified and predictable? Someone’s latent racism is showing.

            Your characterization of Braasch’s online ravings might suffice as a defense for an all white jury but mine makes for a pretty effective prosecution. In any case not one word you’ve written here suggests my definition of assault is not legit. In fact your knee-jerk attempt at making an argument suggests you recognize a solid case of assault when slapped in the face with one.

          • Ralphiec88

            Argue a straw man (the general risk to persons of color is not in dispute), imply racism, argument by outrage. Yeah, no.. Moving on.

          • Alfredo C

            Yeah, I’d bow out if I were crushed so badly too.

      • Alejandro Moreno S.

        Actually, they are threats, and they are also assaults. Google ”assault vs battery” and inform yourself.

        • terryhughes

          Nonsense. Braasch threatened nobody. She requested a security check. She is probably too excitable, perhaps spurred on by the two women threatened with a gun in their own TD room by a young male intruder posing as a Yale employee.

        • Ralphiec88

          Meh, you’re gonna have to do better than “inform yourself”. The legal definition of assault (that I assume you’re referring to” is quite specific and requires an imminent threat of violence. Calling the cops on someone is without question harassment and obnoxious to boot, but you can’t make a reasonable case that that creates a threat of violence.

      • Shao Tsai

        It’s harassment though.

        • terryhughes

          There is zero evidence of any intent to harass.

        • Ralphiec88

          Agreed.

      • albobcat

        They are threats and assaults. Always siding against a victim is the surest sign that you are a racist.

        • terryhughes

          And gratuitiously accusing someone of being a racist is the surest sign that you are an idiot.

        • Ralphiec88

          One comment about words used in another comment turns into “always siding against the victim.”? A bit histrionic, don’t you think?

      • Master Savior

        May not be by strict legal definitions, but definitely makes anyone on the receiving end of such behavior feel that way.

        • terryhughes

          Nonsense.

          • Master Savior

            That’s because you’re too dumb to comprehend it.

      • http://www.yamanoor.com/ Yamanoor Srihari

        You have not viewed the videos or the transcripts, or read the articles?

        • terryhughes

          Actually, that question would better be put to people trying to make this non-incident out as something that matters or in which anyone was harmed.

          • TheCalifornian

            I’m sure you, as a black person who has been harassed by police and other authority figures throughout your life, can understand that it does indeed constitute harm.

          • td2016

            What utter ad hominem bullshit. Go away, jerk.

        • Ralphiec88

          A transcript will not generally reveal assault. Words are words. They may be reprehensible, abusive, or grounds for official penalties. They are not “violence”

      • Isaac Palace

        https://www.theroot.com/from-starbucks-to-hashtags-we-need-to-talk-about-why-w-1825284087
        Here you go. Implicit in having the police called on a person of color is the threat of violence or harm, given the (now documented) instances at which this is prevalent.

        • Ralphiec88

          Let’s get real. The notion that a woman of color who states she’s a student is gonna get roughed up by the Yale police is about as likely a threat as a lightning strike. Obnoxious as this episode is, the issue of the deadly force double standard is too real and too raw to be pretending this student could have been the next Tamir Rice.

      • terryhughes

        That is absolutely correct. That the language here has got so debased, exaggerated and extreme evidences that this incident has been blown WAY out of proportion.

    • albobcat

      There are instructions all over alt-right and white supremacist web sites telling people to use 911 calls to harass minorities. They include telling the police that the person is suspicious, isn’t from there, looks like a “thug”, Middle Eastern or Mexican, and is likely armed. Mentioning things like backpacks and that it is a possible burglary are suggested. They include suggested phrases like “I may be just be being paranoid” or “I donb’t know for sure” or “See something,m say something” in your call. This is just a Junior League version of “swatting” which has already gotten several people killed.

      • td2016

        Your utterly unevidenced insinuation that Braasch was acting in accordance with some alt-right plot to harass minorities is stupid and evil.

        • oldgrad

          A little too close to home for you, huh?

    • http://www.yamanoor.com/ Yamanoor Srihari

      Protocol subsumes intelligence, haven’t you heard? All you have to do, is call the cops on anyone you don’t like, and if you are the right shade of, er, “grey”, whoever you call on will be harassed, free of charge, endlessly, apparently.

      • td2016

        There is no reported evidence that your version of events bears any resemblance to the facts.

        • http://www.yamanoor.com/ Yamanoor Srihari

          There are remedial reading comprehension courses available. Would you like to be guided through some options?

    • terryhughes

      Calling the YPD for a security check is not even a micro aggression. There is zero evidence Braasch filed any false report. In fact, the videos suggest that she was genuinely afraid. Her fear may have been unreasonable, but on the other hand a young man posing as a Yale employee pulled a gun on two Yale women in their own room just two blocks from HGS about two weeks ago. It would hardly be surprising if Braasch were on edge over that. She seems a but excitable.

      • form

        If she’s too afraid to function at Yale (i.e. paranoid, to the point of filing bogus complaints to the police), then she should return to mom’s basement, and reapply to Yale when she can behave herself.

  • ShadrachSmith

    From those wonderful folks who brought you the Christakis Halloween, a new outrage, a new reason to hate American cultural hegemony.

    Sample your hate: Should deplorables get person of the year for electing Trump? Or should you hate deplorables?

  • strangebride

    Braasch should be kicked out of the program at the least, fined by the Yale Cops would be better.

    • terryhughes

      This comment is pure, ignorant hate with zero basis but your own bigotry.

  • Joshua Heffernan

    They should expel Braasch.

    • terryhughes

      This comment is pure, ignorant hate.

      • Quinn Harbin

        Back up why it is hateful to recommend expulsion from the university. This woman has filed two false complaints about intruders.

        • td2016

          “Hateful” hardly captures it. There is no evidence she did anything malicious. She is reported to have requested security checks, and I know of no “false report.” And filing a false report is no offense anyway, unless it is FRAUDULENT. There is zero evidence of that.
          This whole fuss is over 15 minutes of inconvenience to someone who put her nick name in her ID. Further, Braasch has said nothing. Anyone who would urge another be punished without hearing what she has to say practically exemplifies the concept of “banality of evil.”

      • Chris Cheney

        no he is 100% right

        • td2016

          Thank you for your unsupported, unreasoned ukase.

      • spark_kc

        So is being an apologist to a serial bigot.

        • td2016

          Your slime is as empty as it is evil.

      • D.r. Supe

        no, that comment is expecting equal justice, she keeps calling cops on innocent students based on their race, she doesn’t belong in that school obviously.

        • td2016

          There is no good evidence she was motivated by race. Braasch has said nothing. Anyone who would urge another be punished without hearing what she has to say practically exemplifies the concept of “banality of evil.”

  • BeteNoir

    Her repeated aggression against colleagues of color, coupled with her disturbing personal history, strongly suggest that she would benefit from psychological counseling.

    • Frups

      It also strongly suggests she would also benefit from suspension/expulsion.

      Her type won’t change and she’ll keep pushing the legal boundaries to keep harassing black folks and threatening their lives.

      ‘You make me feel uncomfortable’ ‘I don’t feel safe, you don’t belong here’… ‘I have the right to call the police.’

      Sarah Braasch is a problem.

      • terryhughes

        Braasch has created problems for Yale.

        Other than that, your comment is total, hateful, ignorant trash.

      • td2016

        Anyone who urges punishment of another without first hearing her side practically exemplifies “banality of evil.” Further, your hysteria is triggered by 15 minutes of inconvenience to someone who put her nick name on her official ID. This entire incident is trivial and your reaction is monstrous.

        • CleverBev

          Yep, being offended by incidents that result in law enforcement being called and harassing people who have committed no offense is equal to hysteria, and opining that Braasch deserves a consequence for having pulled such a stunt before is “evil.” “Inconvenience,” my a@@.

          • td2016

            You really have to stop plagiarizing from the worst Red Queen rants.

    • Master Savior

      Psychological “counseling” should be reserved for the innocent. Psychiatric internment would be what this obviously malicious liar deserves.

      • terryhughes

        There is zero evidence Braasch is a liar. You need a nap.

        • Master Savior

          I just had one with your mom.

          • terryhughes

            O, nice. But you are not full of hate. No, no, no. No hate motivating you.

          • Master Savior

            Of course not, doofus. All I have is “love” for napping with your mom, like I just told you. Obviously, you have a learning disability.

          • terryhughes

            Creep.

          • Master Savior

            Your mom never complained, ya mor0n! You’re welcome. ROFLMAO!

          • Master Savior

            M0r0n.

        • Master Savior

          Wrong. This same student had previously filed a complaint against biaasch for her harrassment of another black student. So that’s evidence that biaasch knew this student, and therefore is a liar. It’s also evidence that you’re either a liar too or is learning-disabled, because this information has already been publicized for anyone with a brain to read and comprehend. No wonder you’re defending biaasch. Birds of a feather flock together! Btw, I just had a nap with your mom. Not a bad suggestion, son. ROFLMAO!

    • SCSZ

      Psychological counseling can only help a person if they have an awareness and recognition that they have problems within themselves, and want to change that. You can’t “retrain” someone’s brain to remove their bias or beliefs by counseling. Especially if they don’t believe they have a problem or bias or feel justified by what they believe about others.

  • Loghorn

    I’m glad that girl’s name (Sarah Braasch) had been exposed for everyone to see.

    Hope she gets harassed & chewed out.

    • Jarl Snaekoll

      Why do you hate women so much?

      • D.r. Supe

        why do you think this person hates women? I’m pretty sure the comments would be the same if it were a male student harassing people with false calls to police.

        • td2016

          Because the policies urged here would savage the security of all women.

          • oldgrad

            You honestly believe Siyondola was threatening Braasch’s security by living in the same building?

      • funny cat icon

        (presumably) she’s a WHITE woman, so that’s why

      • td2016

        Exactly.

      • Loghorn

        This has nothing to do with “hating women” at all, as I’m NOT a sexist.

        I just want people like her being held accountable for this nonsense. What she did was not right, & people like her that does it, needs to be held accountable, whatever they’re men OR women.

      • Loghorn

        This has nothing to do with “hating women” at all, as I’m NOT a sexist.

        I just want people like her being held accountable for this nonsense. What she did was not right, & people like her that does it, needs to be held accountable, whatever they’re men OR women.

    • albobcat

      Now we need charges or other disciplinary action for filing a false police report — a felony. The proof is in the pudding, not in the words.

      • td2016

        Filing a false police report is no offense at all, and there is no evidence she acted fraudulently. She is also not reported to have filed any police report. Rather, she is reported to have requested a security, which one is entitled to do if one, say, hears a funny sound.

        Everything you wrote is wrong.

        • oldgrad

          Strange how you seem to equate “hearing a funny sound” and “seeing a person of color” as similarly valid reasons for calling the police.

      • Loghorn

        I definitely agree.

    • terryhughes

      Your hope is hate.

      • Chris Cheney

        sarah is already hating on blacks what the diffrence

        • td2016

          There is no evidence of her hate, but yours is crystal clear, big and very ugly.

      • Philip James

        Sarah is going to get what she deserves. She started it. No protection for bigots.

        /signed
        Pasty white guy.

        • td2016

          The power of hate.

      • Loghorn

        After what she has been constantly doing to people of my race?

        Damn right, I’m gonna call her out on it. It’s not about hate one bit. She should learn the consequences of doing that shit.

      • Loghorn

        Wrong. My hope is accountability.

        She should be scolded by everyone for doing what she had done. I’m tired of my race being the scapegoat of their racism.

        • terryhughes

          Nonsense. If your hope were accountability you would not be crying for punishment without hearing from Braasch.

          Yours is hate. Look inward and see what you have allowed yourself to become.

          • Loghorn

            You think that this is the first person that Braasch had done this to? Wake the hell up.

            Also, you don’t know anything about me, OK? So just stuff it.

          • terryhughes

            Actually, what you have written here reveals more about you than you think, Mr Suffit. For example, it reveals that you have not bothered to inform yourself that HGS rules require all nonresident guests (there is no exception for nonresident Yale grad students) to be accompanied by their host HGS resident. So Ms Siyonbola and Mr Reneson (the other person to whom you refer) both violated that rule when she allowed him to access HGS unaccompanied. So Sarah was correct when she told him “You don’t belong here,” where “here” obviously meant HGS, not Yale, as Mr Reneson later tendentiously claimed.

            And your writings reveal a lot more than that.

          • Loghorn

            Have you even read the story, or are you just as racist as Sarah Braasch in general? She has called on numerous black people that have also attended Yale in general.

            I don’t even attend college at all; And like I said, you know nothing about me. If you write anything more stupid about myself once more, then consider your ass blocked. This is your last warning.

          • terryhughes

            “Numerous?”

            No. One. And he was present in HGS in breach of the published rules.

            The rest of your comment is a hopeless mash of circular reasoning and assumed conclusions.

            Goodbye.

          • Loghorn

            I meant on other articles & news about her.

            Well, I don’t have to listen to you & your abuse. Good riddance.

  • MDMoney

    Yale send a stern warning to Sarah Braasch. Wasting campus police time and resources for purposes of harassment cannot be tolerated.

    • Frups

      The stern warning should involve mentions of potential suspension/expulsion and not just ‘please think twice before calling the cops.’

      She has made it clear she won’t stop and will push thing as far as she can, legally, to get black folk kicked out of Yale.

      She is a problem.

      The Dean is also a problem.
      If she didn’t see the glaring warning signs after the first complaint, she should step the F aside and let someone who isn’t so clueless take the job.

      • terryhughes

        There will not be, and should not be, any such “stern warning.” The guy posing as a Yale employee who pulled the gun on the two Yale women in their own room two blocks away about two weeks ago made sure of that, but there are other reasons.

        Is there any limit to the virtue signaling and self righteous hate in these comments?

        • Shawn White

          “The guy posing as a Yale employee who pulled the gun on the two Yale women in their own room two blocks away about two weeks ago made sure of that” – how is this related to the sleeping incident?

          • terryhughes

            Wow. As has been explained in many other comments to this article, anyone who can’t grasp how a high strung student might be generally put on edge by a thug impersonating a YPD officer pulling a gun on two women in their own Yale dorm room two blocks away lacks basic intelligence and/or any ability to empathize, and/or just hates women. I think you may hit the trifecta.

          • jonquimbly

            Comparing a napping student -obviously a student, because laptop, books, notes, writing implements, sweatpants, no gun, no threats- with a criminal committing assault with a deadly weapon while impersonating a LEO?

            Then telling them, “You don’t belong here” That’s a not-very-well-veiled “Whites Only.”

            Think about what you’re defending.

        • jonquimbly

          Calling “virtue signaling” is the new “I disagree with you.” Learn to be honest in your communications.

          • terryhughes

            O, is that why there have been several Nobel Prizes awarded for information economics largely based on signaling.

      • Ralphiec88

        Braasch’s actions are abusive, but you can’t credibly say she was trying to “get black folk kicked out of Yale.” The only party at risk of that (albeit miniscule risk) is Ms Braasch herself.

        • Frups

          She called the cops on students to get them kicked out of Yale dorms/study areas.

          You OK bro?

          What she tried to do IS THE DEFINITION of trying to “get black folks kicked out of Yale.”

          lol where does Disqus find you guys… Ahh Betsy Devos.

          • Ralphiec88

            I don’t think many people would equate the phrase “kicked out of [insert any college here]” with being removed from a college building, but sure. Ya got me.
            Extra points for the DeVos reference and “you guys.” Clearly anyone who questions your rhetoric in the slightest must be a raging Trumpite drone, amirite?

          • Frups

            I see.
            So the lady when she said “you don’t belong here” and called the cops specifically to remove folks from Yale dorm and study areas, didn’t intend on getting them kicked off of campus, but simply “removed from a college building”…

            I refuse to believe an adult doesn’t see how daft that reasoning is.

            In addition, you now claim *not* to be a maga person. I’m not sure it matters, but OK.

    • albobcat

      Filing a false police report is a felony. She got a free pass from Yale administration.

      • terryhughes

        There is zero evidence reported that Braasch filed a false police report. Your mind is gone.

        • CleverBev

          Your true colors are showing. Perhaps you just like responses from people who point that out to you. You need to get a different hobby, since a different mindset doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

        • Shawn White

          She can be cited for calling the police without any good faith reasonable belief that a crime has been committed.

      • td2016

        You know nothing and bloviate freely. Filing a false police report is not an offense of any kind. There is zero evidence Braasch acted fraudulently. And she is not even said to have filed any police report. She is reported to have requested a security check, which one is entitled to do if one, say, hears a funny sound.

      • John Dingle Barry

        Only if you make your statement in writing.

    • PirateGodUsopp

      No warnings. this is her 2nd time pulling this bullshit. immediate explusion. bye trash.

      • terryhughes

        Hate. Pure hate. Pure, stupid hate.

      • td2016

        Excuse me, but where is “pulling bullshit” made an offense? I seem to have missed it.

    • (((PirateCafe))) 25/*45

      Boot her out of the dorm for six months.

    • terryhughes

      I see no report of any “stern warning” to Braasch. She was reportedly told by the police that Siyondola’s ID was valid and that she was a Yale student fully entitled to be in HGS.

    • spark_kc

      This is the second time this has happened. there needs to be actual consequences for white privilege babies who aren’t able to deal with people who are not like them. A “stern” warning is a joke.

    • E.C. from D.C.

      They’ve allowed her to do this before….I guess for Yale 3rd time will be the charm.

  • Greg Thrasher

    Negrophobia has always been a reality in our country …Of late it appears to be off the charts

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/05/the-culture-of-negrophobia-in-america-circa-21st-century/

    Why?

    BLM

  • Alfredo C

    Aside from stating that the police “admonished” Braasch after they spent 20 minutes harassing Siyonbola, no one has addressed how this vile, racist dog turd is being dealt with.

    Not addressing any consequences for the racist here sends a message to other civil-liberties-hating, white-supremacist, sheet-wearing, cross-burning, minority-lynching hate-mongers among the Yale community that hostile environments directed at black, Muslim and other minority Yale students will be tolerated and tacitly rewarded.

    That sounds like a pretty lucrative class-action suit to me.

  • hoopingandscooping

    The key point: Why wasn’t Braasch asked to verify her right to be there?

    • terryhughes

      And that question has been answered. Nobody called in a request for a security check of Braasch. Q.E.D. YPD doesn’t just do random ID checks. The YPD officer in the video explains that. Of course YPD may have asked for Braasch’s ID, and some commenters are obsessed with that particular trivial non-issue. The YPD report doesn’t even mention it. The report does say Braasch “met them at the entrance and showed them her ID,” but not if they asked her for it.

    • Chris Cheney

      this

    • terryhughes

      We don’t KNOW that YPD didn’t ask for Braasch’s ID, since nobody with any sense thinks it matters one way or the other, although you and some other commenters are obsessed with that particular trivial non-issue. The YPD report doesn’t even mention it. The report does say Braasch “met them at the entrance and showed them her ID,” but not if they asked her for it.

  • Alejandro Moreno S.

    Sarah Braasch needs to be expelled. A message needs to be sent to the Ivy League, to the nation and to the world. #LivingWhileBlack in the USA — sadly, not that much has changed since the days of slavery.

    • Fozzy Bear

      “sadly, not that much has changed since the days of slavery.”

      It astounds me that a person can type a comment so precise and void of grammatical error, yet lack an elementary school knowledge of American History.

  • http://bedlamba.blogspot.com Bongaboi

    Sigh!

  • buffonomics

    So you’re telling me these “police officers” were not smart enough to pull up her info from the student ID number on her card?

    That is the next logical step to take when you cannot pull up information on a person by their name as name presentations differ. Who the heck insists on looking up people by exact names unless you’re just *trying* to be obtuse and annoying?

    • Chris Cheney

      they went back her nickname and they spelled her name wrong in school data base

      • td2016

        No, the report of a typo in the data base was wrong. The delay came from her putting her nick name on her official Yale UD, which is very bad judgment and bound to lead to inconvenience of this type.

        I wonder if Siyonbola will learn from her mistake and put her correct name on her Yale ID.

        • PhilOiseaubay

          Racist much? Boy, you’re really stretching to find fault with the black person here. I guess in your mind they’re always guilty of something relative to their white overlords.

          • td2016

            Apparently you don’t read updates

      • buffonomics

        You’ve missed the point. Going by her ID number on the card alone should tell them what was needed i.e stats match and similar name and to learn of THEIR typo of her name in the process, instead of further using their mistake against her. Mispellings of foreign names happen all the time.

        Only an overly-adversarial officer would see the need in extending that painful encounter further.

  • http://facebook.com/DafengoUnchained Dafengo Unchained

    Maybe Yale, an institution of higher learning, shouldn’t accept people of such low moral character? You took in a student with a blog post saying she loves hate speech…

    • MimiB

      Do you mean Sarah Braasch?

    • td2016

      Anyone who loves free speech loves hate speech. Only poseurs claiming to love feee speech don’t love hate speech. For example, the world’s most common form of hate speech is obviously criticism of Islam and Sharia. Obviously such criticism is both essential and lovable, and only a fake free speech advocate would say otherwise.

      Is that you?

      • oldgrad

        Criticism of Islam and Sharia is not hate speech. Spewing hateful things about Muslims is. Do you understand the difference?

  • Higherominous Bosh

    At this point, I am feeling bad for the complainant: While she may have brought “it” upon herself, I question the magnitude of the oncoming punishment/fallout.

    My advice (and I am not making this up): blame Yale Mental Health Services. Claim that Yale, by making you wait so long for an appt., contributed to some ungood thinking. Good luck, and I mean it.

    • ivy Courses

      No sir! This is no isolated incident. It has got the attention it needs because there was a video. As simple as that. Just look at the reaction to this article, and you will see so many folks who are either blind to rascism or outright rascists themselves.

  • Defender of Reality

    This article is strongly slanted towards the conclusion that racism was what motivated Braasch in making her accusations and the police in taking their time in letting the matter go. It is certainly possible that that is true, however, the most obvious information that would need to be known first in order to draw such a conclusion is how often the same type of thing happens to students in general regardless of their race.

    It could very well be that Braasch calls the police about people all the time or that there is a rule against sleeping in the common room or some other complication. I am not saying that this was not racism, but knowing the statistics for how others are treated would prove or disprove it. This seems very obvious. It is so obvious that the omission of this information strikes me as suspicious. The article is obviously meant to persuade readers that Yale is racist. Perhaps the statistics would prove the opposite so they were intentionally left out?

    • BruceMcGlory

      Shorter you: Braasch is a bigot and I am too!

    • Felice

      The lengths that folks go to in order to obfuscate racially motivated behavior is in no small part why racism and white privilege (the blessed assurance on which a Caucasian person can rest when assuming and involving the government in its assumption that a black does not belong in a white environment) continues to flourish, despite the collective denial.

    • Chris Cheney

      there is none she the women in question had keys e-mail and student id this isn’t first time nor will be last students sleep in common area her history speaks voulmes stop denying it stop making excuses this where white privlaiges comes in the more excues you may for sarah the more white priuvliage is a reality i am white i can see this is 100% racist

    • mbpuckett

      Hear, hear!

    • D.r. Supe

      well, it’s documented that at least twice she has called police on Yale students of color, that’s pretty strong evidence that she has an issue

    • ivy Courses

      And you conclude what you say because… ? Did you do the research? What do you think she means when Sarah Braasch says that she believes that during Slavery is a choice?

    • RTB

      Yeah. Sure. There’s always more to the story with people looking to deny racist incidents.

    • Dcoy

      You bring up a valid point …..However the article does mention that she is on record as having done this before….and basically the particulars are the same….However, nothing here indicates that she calls compulsively, nothing to indicate that there is reason to suspect anything other than what took place. So where is this so called evidence that fuels you suspicions. The omissions that you reference are a figment of you own imagination….so how can you draw conclusion’s based on a scenario that doesn’t even exist?

  • R_Johnson

    Seems like Sarah Braasch is the problem and should get some remedial training…

    • td2016

      She seems eccentric and overly excitable, although we have not heard her side so no conclusions should be drawn.

  • VickG

    I just looked up Sarah Braasch’s profile on Yale. I invite people to do so.

    At first one is partly impressed by her resume, partly turned off by her dense — almost vulgar — representation of erudition.
    Then, one wonders generally how in the world can one be so exceptionally stupid after such pursuit of knowledge. Or, if she is just sick, how one can navigate for so long such supposedly healthy corridors of institutions and studies. It feels like someone with a fundamental ambulatory flaw managing to compile a long list of athletic achievements. But then mind is a stranger thing than feet, I suppose.
    Then, looking closely at her field of study, one is even more confused that it is so centered around understanding humanity, societal disadvantage, etc. She is exactly NOT what she set out to be — even though framed and certified by a diverse collection of “expert agencies”. This person has managed to (theoretically) excel in her pursuit while deeply failing it all practical sense.
    Really, you then wonder at all those eclectic studies and institutions that were involved in moulding her. Most useless job ever, no?

    My point being, it would be a folly to view this incident as only a case of racial insensitivity. There’s cause for deeper reflection here, although I don’t expect that to happen,

    • jgh59

      Did you get a new thesaurus app for your phone?

    • ivy Courses

      If not for this episode, Sarah Braasch has been incredibly successful in her pursuit of whatever she wanted to be. If you dig into her articles, you will find that she strongly believes Slavery is a choice. That people of color have a right to be *mis-treated*. That her view of secularism trumps other’s religious rights. And she has been pursuing and articulating these views in scholarly articles disguised as research. Sorry VickG, but Sarah has been getting her mental jollies via her studies at Yale. It’s sick!

      • td2016

        Actually, that is a thorough misrepresentation of Ms Braasch in almost every way. You should keep in mind that defamation in these comments is actionable and your identity is discoverable.

    • Tattycoram

      Link?

    • Fozzy Bear

      I take it you’ll bill her for this session.

  • PanchoVilla5000

    acts of micro-aggression and psychological violence” at the University leave many black graduate and professional students feeling unsafe.” ,…. really?, how about massive aggresion like beat downs, robberies, assaults with weapons and theft .. who is doing all that?

    • BruceMcGlory

      You?

    • disqus_Lx1ngWiHzy

      You state “massive aggresion like beat downs, robberies, assaults with weapons and theft .. who is doing all that?” So in your opinion, only minorities do such, huh?

      • PanchoVilla5000

        We are all worried about chinese thieves, bandido biker gangs, and hindu terrorists lol, You must live hundreds of miles from the nearest big city

    • Quinn Harbin

      The students are talking about the Yale campus. Please focus.

    • Jonathan Smith

      Because all black people beat people up, rob and steal, and use weapons. White people never do that. We should all feel safe around all the mass murdering white people and be scared of the napping black person. great logic guy. some genius you are.

      • PanchoVilla5000

        I lived in Brooklyn Kings borough projects for 3 years and EVERY member of my family was a crime victim so don’t look for sympathy from me

    • MiltonDValler

      What about PC warriors, de-platformings, safe space police leave everyone else terrorized?

    • darendt

      That doesnt count if its against a white person. Only black people are protected.

    • Dcoy

      Well, how about school shootings and mass public killings and I guess you choose to ignore the fact that there are plenty of whites that do exactly the same thing that you have associated with blacks in your statement. You do live in America right…..You’re apparent grandiose perception of the law abiding white race is well ….extremely…….. ignorant.

      • PanchoVilla5000

        I lived in Kingsborough projects for 3 years BK NY, EVERY one of my family has been a victim of crime sometimes violent , so don’t look for sympathy from me idiot!

      • PanchoVilla5000

        I lived in Kingsborough projects for 3 years BK NY, EVERY one of my family has been a victim of crime sometimes violent , so don’t look for sympathy from me idio t

      • PanchoVilla5000

        I lived in Kingsborough projects for 3 years BK NY, EVERY one of my family has been a victim of crime sometimes violent , so don’t look for sympathy from me idioot

      • PanchoVilla5000

        I lived in Kingsborough projects for 3 years BK NY, EVERY one of my family has been a victim of crime sometimes violent , so don’t look for sympathy from me

      • PanchoVilla5000

        I lived in Kingsborough projects for 3 years Brooklyn, EVERY one of my family has been a victim of crime sometimes violent , so don’t look for sympathy from me

    • RussellHawk

      Plenty of people! Can you be more specific?

  • albobcat

    Yale, CSU, and others with increasing levels of racial incidents do not need “listening sessions.” They need common sense. Racism and religious hatred are at the worst levels since the end of WWII. We know what the problem is — the haters are gaining control of our society. And we know what the solution is — remove haters from positions of influence — be that the President of Yale or Colorado State or politicians and pseudo-Christian “leaders.”

  • Robert Jensen

    We have now created a ridiculous standard , where black people expect white people to never call the cops on a black person for any reason whatsoever, out of fear of being labeled “racist”.

    • BruceMcGlory

      Shorter you: boohoo! How can I pretend not to be racist now!

    • Mendel

      “Any reason whatsoever”? A grad student sleeping in a common room? That’s a criminal offense in your eyes? I was a very conscientious (nerdy) student at Yale several decades ago, and I, and many of my peers, napped everywhere during work-crunches…Libraries, common rooms, empty classrooms (often very quiet places to work). If someone had called the cops on me every time I took a nap, I would have spent more time talking to them than to my professors…But then, I was white, so no one seemed to have minded….Yes, this was a racist incident. There simply is no other way to explain it.

    • brendanyc

      uhh…no. In fact your post here is a real life illustration of the backwards way we see and think about race in our culture. White people (I am one) can call the police repeatedly (this caller is a repeat offender) for a non-offense by a black person, but your conclusion is that it is white people who are put-upon? and who need a champion?

    • Bruce

      She has called the cops twice on fellow students. Meets the minimum standard of willfully ignorant bigot at the very least, and so do you.

    • jgh59

      I think a black person should expect to not have the cops called for sleeping in the residence hall in which they live. It the person was angry or threatening in some way, sure call someone – don’t they have resident hall employees at Yale? We called them counselors, whatever they are designated, that should be the first line of communication. This person is racist, pure and simple, probably some home schooled person with no understanding of how the world works.

    • Felice

      As soon as you included “for any reason whatsoever” you took the point that you were trying to make into the theatre of the absurd.

    • Scholar Dayo

      How hard is it to mind your business until you see an actual crime being committed?

    • disqus_Lx1ngWiHzy

      If you ask yourself “would I call the police if this person was white?” and your answer is positive, then go ahead, otherwise don’t.

    • Ben Silver

      Nah, the standard is not to call the police on people who aren’t doing
      anything illegal. Seems like that should be pretty simple.

    • Quinn Harbin

      And WHERE is this ridiculous standard stated in this article? It is clear that the White student, Braasch, KNEW the Black woman was a student before she called the cops. It was obvious harassment.

    • easypeasy72

      Blame racists like Braasch who cried wolf.

    • [s h a w n]

      You sound like a racist, uneducated hick.

    • Chris Cheney

      oh look i am going to support a nut crazy white women cause i don’t believe racsit ever happens get out of my country

    • ivy Courses

      Did you do any homework? Good to see other racists come out to protect their fellow kin.
      Sarah Braasch wrote that she believes that Slavery is an option. Is it to you as well?

    • DK1

      How about white people (and I’m one myself) not call the cops for black people doing standard, everyday activities that we do all the time without incident?

    • Mario Holmes

      Sounds like your ready to call the cops on some black people. If your going to allow people to apply and become students of your college then you have to do your part to be sure they are welcomed and not put in dangerous situations unnecessarily. The way you generalize about what black people expect from white people I think is a symptom of the problem. So many times racist base their ideology on these sweeping assumptions about large diverse groups. For instance im a black man but i’m not a rapper drug dealer or gangster. Is it wrong for me to not want to be treated like a criminal under any circumstances? Is it wrong for me not to be understanding when I try to do the right things all my life to achieve my goals but at the first sight of my skin someone is ready to have me locked up? I’m not here to tell racist not to be racist that’s up to you. My point is when you leave your home you are now in the world. If you fear diversity then stay home or go only to places where there are others like you and you guys can get all racist or whatever and do your thing. I am a human being with God given rights. I DO NOT HAVE TO JUSTIFY MY EXISTENCE and as a fellow human being you should have my back on that.

    • Yale 2006

      Incorrect. We have a standard where you cannot “sick” the police on people you don’t want around you simply because you don’t like them. The police are not your personal weapon to wield against anyone who looks different from you. We live in a diverse society and racial profiling is not going to cut it.

    • Jane

      As opposed to the ridiculous standard white people have created that black people must have the police called on them to prove their right to exist, you mean?
      Sarah Braasch is racist, honey. Learn to cope.

    • paganmist

      Oh, bullpucky. Braasch knew exactly who Siyonbola was because they’d run into each other before. This woman called the police on someone who she knew was a student, for being in a place that even the Dean said she belonged. Don’t try to turn this into “oh blacks are such victims.” Braasch was 100% in the wrong. Just because you clearly have a bias doesn’t change that.

    • Mario Holmes

      I personally think you are off on what you assume black people want from white people. There are about 46 million “black people” in the US and one guy who does not appear to be “black” seems to be publicly stating what all black people expect. I challenge you to find an educated person with some direct experience on the topic and ask them what they expect and I think that will put you in a better position to come tell us about it. Just to help you out, because most black people don’t enjoy crimes being committed against them they probably would be in favor of getting the police involved if a crime was being committed. I think most “black people” would want the law to be enforced fairly and professionally and would have some concern that that may not be the case.

    • RTB

      How about white people only called the police when is is actually reasonably warranted. Is that also too exacting a standard?

    • Mario Holmes

      I personally think you are off on what you assume black people want from white people. There are about 46 million “black people” in the US and one guy who does not appear to be “black” is publicly stating what black people expect. I challenge you to find an educated person with some direct experience on the topic and ask them what they expect and I think that will put you in a better position to come tell us about it. Just to help you out, because most black people don’t enjoy crimes being committed against them they probably would be in favor of getting the police involved if a crime was being committed. I think most “black people” would want the law to be enforced fairly and professionally and would have some concern that that may not be the case.

    • Dcoy

      The thing that is ridiculous is your rationalization about whats going on here and your completely ignorant characterization of black expectations.
      Your statement seems to demonstrate a great deal of rigidity and narrow thinking……

    • Aussie Suede

      Next time they encounter this Braash character, they should call the cops to report a crazy woman walking around since now that she’s done this TWICE, only explanation is that she’s a bit nuts. I wouldn’t be comfortable with a weirdo like that sleeping down the hall from me…

    • Shawn White

      If someone only calls the police on black people, and the reason for calling is that they were walking or sleeping then they are racists. If you are more offended by people calling Braasch a racist than by her behavior then you might be a racist.

    • Elizabeth K. Rodham

      I’d like to be able to go shopping, chill on campus or walk into a Starbucks w/o being considered a threat. Speaks volumes about the man you are that you think we’re asking too much. We’d like the same treatment you receive. Nothing more. If I’m breaking the law, law enforcement should be notified. Otherwise, leave us alone.

  • Mary Ann

    Might Braasch have been influenced by that guy who pulled the gun on the two TD women in their own room a couple of weeks ago? That guy at first claimed to be a Yale employee.

    • D.r. Supe

      did Ms Braasch try the simple solution of asking the whether she was a Yale student? No, she simply started screaming about how she didn’t belong there. Methinks Ms Braasch might be happier at Dixie U

      • Mary Ann

        So what? Ms Braasch is apparently high strung. I am told she is an emphatic left-wing feminist, but rhat’s informal. None of that supports concluding that she was racially motivated.

        • oldgrad

          You’re right, your informal hearsay about her feminism supports nothing. The fact that she has called the police twice to check on fellow students, and that both times the students were black, supports concluding she was racially motivated.

    • MimiB

      In the story, they mention that this wasn’t the first time she’s called police on black students.

      • Mary Ann

        Yes, she called to report an unfamiliar young man she didn’t recognize. So what?

        • oldgrad

          As far as we know, she’s never called the police about unfamiliar men and women who happened to be white. Even though the majority of HGS residents and visitors she probably encountered were most likely white. There’s a common denominator in both events, and it’s not lack of familiarity…as everybody except you understands.

    • Dcoy

      Braasch is in the WRONG here….she is harassing students that have every right to be there and every right not to be scrutinized and she is doing because of skin color.

      • Mary Ann

        Thank you for your unreasoned and unsupported declarations. If you have any facts or reasoning to provide with your mindless rant, please don’t hesitate to write.

    • Shawn White

      Was that person sleeping in the common room? I fail to see the connection between a man with a gun and a sleeping woman.

      • Mary Ann

        If you don’t see why a woman would be worried about her own safety when she lves two blocks from where two other women had a gun pulled on them in their own room by an intruder, then you lack basic intelligence or all capacity for empathy, or just hate women. Your choice!

        • Shawn White

          Okay, my choice is to have great compassion for the woman who almost got arrested for sleeping.

          • Mary Ann

            That’s an evadion, not an answer.

  • lorelei55

    This goes beyond “micro-aggression” or “psychological violence;” it’s down-right harassment. Depending on what had happened to the victim, it could have led to criminal prosecution.

    Her behavior reminds me of “swatting” in the gaming community. A gamer will be live-streaming online while playing a game. Viewers call in a hostage situation to that gamer’s address and the police, with little information to go on other than the call, usually respond with a brutal amount of force, which is viewed on the live-stream for the sadistic pleasure of the callers. This has resulted in fatalities, and correspondingly, criminal charges. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/13/16888710/barris-swatting-death-charges

    It’s deplorable, and I, for one, am glad that the U.S. doesn’t have Internet privacy laws like Europe. I hope Sarah Braasch’s actions are forever associated with this story so potential employers know they’re hiring not only an unapologetic racist, but a bully.

  • http://www.yamanoor.com/ Yamanoor Srihari

    I’d say, whoever Dean Cooley is, she is quite unequal to the job, and should find other, less challenging modes of employment.

  • Toto Pinocci

    Sarah Braasch

  • thenewsjunkie

    Can we take a moment, step back, and acknowledge the fact that when police officers enter a situation, the only information they have to go on is what the dispatcher tells them about a 9-1-1 call? Considering that their primary duty is to assure the safety of all students on campus and inside school buildings, the first thing they are obligated to do is make sure that the people they encounter when responding to a call are authorized to be where they are. Yes, this felt like a violation to Lolade Siyonbola. It would feel like a violation to anyone thrust into that position regardless of their ethnicity. But, for their own safety and for the safety of all students and faculty, police first check to see who they are dealing with in a situation like this. Showing them that you have a key to an apartment doesn’t prove anything. Keys get lost and found by people other than the rightful owner. I used to give my room key to my friends all the time. Yes, it’s a terrible situation to find yourself in, but the police have a right, and in this case, an obligation to confirm who they are dealing with. Presumably, they also asked for Braasch’s ID. With that said, Braasch’s calling 9-1-1 because she came upon a black woman taking a nap in a common room is outrageous. College students, especially grad students, take naps everywhere during marathon study sessions. The library is full of people taking short naps to recharge their batteries. Braasch’s bio paints her as a champion of the rights of the oppressed. Her actions betray her real character.

    • Quinn Harbin

      Police officers have latitude in how they handle calls. It should have been clear that this was a student- she even showed her dorm room! They played right into the hands of Braasch. They should have filed a complaint against Braasch for filing a false complaint.

    • Chris Cheney

      why wasnt sarah asked for id than how come that wasn’t said or done?

    • ivy Courses

      Sarah Braasch’s actions are aligned with her character. She wrote a pretty eloquent article on why she thinks Slavery is an option. Also is part of a questionable group in Europe that has racists and Islamophobes.

    • spark_kc

      I don’t blame the cops, I blame the stupid caller and her apologists in this forum who feel that they need to CALL THE COPS for anything they perceive to be out of alignment. What’s next. I can’t open this bottle of milk….time to call the cops?

    • MimiB

      Why wasn’t Sarah Braasch required to prove SHE belonged and was authorized to be there?

    • RTB

      It is simply untrue that the only information the police have to go on is what the dispatcher tells them. They also have the information of what they see when they arrive. They also have records at their disposal. While they were so busy trying to confirm that Siyonbola is a student, they also could have determined the truth of what she told them about the other student having recently called the police on another black student. And the woman cop who wanted to know why Siyonbola chose that study room was way out of line.

    • Pon_de

      This is a really long way of asking a very simple question: why is it that many white people, particularly women of high SES, can never seem to simply go about the business of living their lives rather than self-appointing as protectors of the realm? The white woman that calls the police on a sleeping neighbor (let’s not overlook that they know each other) is the same white woman that will insert herself into a conversation she was not initially apart of. She is the same white woman who feels “attacked” when rebuffed and redirected back to her own life. Why is it that so many white woman, when no apparent threat exists, cannot simply mind their own business, JFC!?

  • Danielle

    Good article Alexandra, but there were so many grammatical errors and your sentences were far too long. There was even a whole paragraph with a full stop at the end so it made it difficult to understand what you were saying.

    • John Dingle Barry

      Thank you, grammar nazi.

      • MacAdvisor

        Grammar Police: To Correct and Serve. We are at your disposal, ma’am.

    • Gregg Collins

      I have no idea what you mean by the complaint about a “full stop” at the end of a “whole paragraph,” but if you mean a period, don’t all paragraphs end that way? More generally, I didn’t see anything in the article I would call a clear “grammatical error.”

      YOUR writing, on the other hand, has issues. Writing “so many” when you meant “many,” or “so it made it difficult” when you meant “which made it difficult,” for example, are mistakes for which a real stickler would mark you down.

      Projecting, perhaps?

    • Wayne Martin
    • Dcoy

      Jeez really? How about focusing on the Main issue here. For example why you thought it was a good article???

    • Storie Devereaux

      Oh God, shut up. And I mean SHUT. UP. Such a backhanded compliment.

  • Jasper38

    This comment section is sad.
    “See something, say something”. Someone sleeping in a common area, when you aren’t supposed to, might just not belong in the building – after all, a person who did belong there could go to her dorm to sleep. Maybe the police didn’t need to be called, maybe the caller is paranoid. Big deal. Lots of overreaction and hate in the comments here. It sounds like the police handled the situation in a reasonable way.

    Updates…
    Some commenters challenged the claim people aren’t supposed to sleep in the common area. I gathered that from other reports. Looking again, I could only find Braasch claimed this, but the article didn’t say that was false, so I don’t know.

    Some commenters claim Braasch knew Siyonbola. I don’t see that the article says so. It says Braasch called police on a friend of Siyonbola’s, and it actually suggests that when Braasch and the friend were in the same place, Siyonbola was not there: “Reneson said that Braasch then left the area, and Siyonbola subsequently showed up to begin the meeting.” She evidently called the police regarding Reneson because, given that he was lost in the dorm building, she thought he didn’t belong there – which is not an unreasonable conclusion.

    Some commenters refer to reports about Braasch’s views on slavery. From what I read, the facts on that are, roughly: 1) she was assigned to defend slavery in a 10th grade debate club and 2) in that debate, she discussed how some slaves didn’t want to be set free. That does not make her a racist.

    • BruceMcGlory

      Shorter you: imma racist bigot to!

    • Bruce

      Did you miss the part of the article where this is the second time she has called the cops on a fellow student, for no other reason than she couldn’t believe that black people attend Yale, and they made her feel uncomfortable? GTFO of my country, willfully ignorant snowflake bigot. You wouldn’t survive one day being black in America, and you don’t deserve to live here AT ALL! Move to russia with the rest of the trump traitor trash, before someone comes for you and questions your legitimacy as a human being. I see trash, I don’t say anything – I take it out.

    • (((PirateCafe))) 25/*45

      Victim blaming. A new course of study at Yale?

    • Higherominous Bosh

      During my (many, much too many) student daze, I slept in common rooms, *other* ppl’s common rooms, other *universities’* common rooms, green rooms, labs, carrels, many of SML’s various collection/periodical/reading rooms, dining halls, kitchens, attics, basements, ditches, swales, etc., etc.

      With the exception of being shooed from Beinecke (and maybe the library: I forget), I’ve never been bothered and CERTAINLY (ex e.g., Rudy’s) never had the cops called on me. Indeed, I’ve awoken to ppl whispering
      “Shh… I think xe’s asleep.”

      P.S. I don’t think the major objection is w/the po-po.

    • Felice

      When you consider the number of African Americans or other brown people that die as a result of an otherwise simple encounter with police, it certainly is a big deal.

    • disqus_Lx1ngWiHzy

      Every action should have a consequence except it seems not for the complainer (Braasch), who is not the first time she uses Yale Campus Police for her own nefarious purposes. Put and end to this.

    • jowgajen

      The caller knew the the lady she called the cops on. They had met before. They live in the same dorm. Read the article.

    • Quinn Harbin

      Students crash in study and common rooms at colleges all the time. This is NOT unusual behavior. Moreover, the complaining student, Braasch, KNEW the sleeping student before she called campus police! There had been a previous conflict concerning another “intruder” and call to the campus police. Braasch is harassing other students by contacting security on them.

    • Jean Stuntz

      Anyone familiar with campus life knows that students sleep everywhere all the time. They do not always go back home to sleep. A sleeping student is not a threat to anyone but a white person who thinks they have the right to an all-white world.

    • Bzzzxx

      Except that the same woman calling the police previously had a run in with the same student. If you look at the vid, it didn’t look like Braasch was scared or worried, it looked like she was out to get Syonbola.

    • ivy Courses

      One rac1st covering for another!
      Did you do know that Sarah Braasch believes that Slavery is an option? What research did you do to conclude that this is an overreaction?

    • mbpuckett

      And the police did their job properly. If they hadn’t, people would be chewing them out for not keeping students safe.

    • spark_kc

      What about the idiot police caller talk to the student? And this isn’t her first offense, this is a pattern.

      What is wrong with idiot millienials who need police to take care of all your complaints. Deal with issues yourself. Cops have better things to do than to babysit you and change your diapers when you get butthurt about something.

    • DK1

      Students fall asleep in common areas at universities all the time. It’s very commonplace. I’ve seen it through my 4 years of undergrad at one school, 3 years of graduate school at another school, and many more recent visits to yet a thirds school when I go to meet colleagues who work at the university. It’s an age-old occurrence that’s been happening as long as universities existed in this country. She was there with her papers and her school supplies. Nothing whatsoever to be calling police about. The woman who called has also done it in the past, as stated in the article. Seems black people doing extremely common things on campus are grounds for her to call police, yet she hasn’t called the cops for white people doing the same things.

    • Jane

      You’ve obviously never been to college. People fall asleep while studying all the time in the common areas, at the library, etc.
      Sarah Braasch knows the woman she called the cops on, and knows she lived there. Sarah Braasch is racist and is using the police to harass black students.
      Don’t think your prejudice is hidden in your little paragraph. It shows.

    • Lloyd Morey

      Are you really saying you don’t see the ptoblem here? In the narrowly defined world of things you understand clearly, and everything else. Well, maybe it’s difficult for you to see the ploblem clearly

    • Dcoy

      Did you read the article? Apparently there is at least one other incident where the same student called the police for what amounts to profiling simply on the bases of color. There is a problem here that apparently needs to be addressed.

    • paganmist

      Siyonbola was studying and fell asleep. Have you never been on a college campus? Tired students are passed out pretty much anywhere. No one is calling the police on them because they passed out in exhaustion. No one except a woman who has established a pattern of calling the police on black people.

    • OliveK

      No, it wasn’t reasonable. If it was a white man doing the same thing, someone might have put a mustache on his face with a Sharpie, but absolutely guaranteed, 100% sure, no police would have been called.

    • RTB

      Huh? Students sleep all over the place on universities all over the world. So, no, sleeping in a common room is not an indication of whether someone belongs. The claim is absurd on its face.

      The complainant was motivated by aggressive racial bigotry. Her behavior desrves strong condemnation, not lame efforts to excuse it.

    • Darryl Pierce

      Except that Braasch knew Siyonbola and had interacted with her in past.

      • AmanaPlan

        I don’t think they had previously met face to face, and it’s not clear whether they even knew each other’s name, even though they had the indirect interaction when Braasch had previously called the Yale Police about Reneson being on her dorm floor (the 12th, which has the common room in question). Siyonbola’s room is on the fifth floor, right?

    • Ivonne Aviles

      Who said she wasnt supposed to?

    • MacAdvisor

      Japser38, your comment assumes facts not in evidence. You assume one isn’t to sleep in the common area. Is there, in fact, such a rule? I can remember falling asleep while studying in common areas all the time. I remember groups of us doing it. I even remember falling asleep in a class room after finishing a test I studied for 40 straight hours without sleep. The teacher and my fellow students were kind enough to let me sleep away in my chair, all leaving quietly, and turning out the lights. I woke up about four hours later in a dark classroom.

    • http://www.frozenpoodle.com cupcakewalk

      Seeing a black person warrants saying something? That’s so wrong.

      • John Dingle Barry

        Way to twist words to justify your own biased position.

      • Patrick Leary

        So, if you’re black this doesn’t apply? “Someone sleeping in a common area, when you aren’t supposed to, might just not belong in the building – after all, a person who did belong there could go to her dorm to sleep.”

        • yesyes

          The answer to your question is “yes”.

          • Patrick Leary

            But if you’re white it does apply?

        • John from Litchfield

          You never heard of students who even fall asleep in libraries either. They aren’t supposed to either. But generally if you open a door to a Yale apartment with a key, that is an indicator that you live there. Which she did in front of the officer. Even told the Yale officer, who should be familiar with the mail system her email address. The Yale officer wasn’t even aware of the use of nicknames on IDs which was why the name was spelled differently in the database the PD used.

    • Fozzy Bear

      We can only hope that most of the comments are from bots or trolls.

      I’ve haven’t seen this level of ignorance in months. Even in the heat of passion I don’t think I’ve stooped to such absurdities.

      Also, double standard as usual.

    • Jarvis

      Campus Police are to be called for threatening behavior. Not for a grown woman with a laptop and a pillow and blanket in a common area.

      As you’re not a grad student at one of the most difficult and competitive campuses in the U.S., you’re simply oblivious to the context. Writing late at night is a difficult task under deadlines, and quiet spaces like common areas are minor edens for finding eurekas.

    • Astraea_Muse

      The problem is that we KNOW what often happens when there is an interaction between a minority and a police officer. The police here handled it reasonably, but it was not reasonable to call the police in the first place.

      • Jasper38

        I suspect what “often happens” when there is an interaction between a minority and a police officer is exactly what ought to happen – the person is helped, arrested, warned, encouraged, or whatever fits the situation. The stories that make the news are the exception, not the norm, or else there would be far more such stories. In any case, what “often happens” is irrelevant to this story. What matters for this story is what did happen. Given what did happen, the reaction to this story is extreme, unreasonable, and hate-filled. This story didn’t deserve to make national news.

  • CovertOps

    If this was a white student that was interrogated, it wouldn’t be news. I am willing to bet it’s happened before to non-black students. People are questioned all the time about being places they don’t belong. It’s just sad that black people are somehow exempt from being questioned and when they are, there are cries of racism. It’s not racism.

  • Dave Hinckley

    If it wasn’t goin’ home season, I’d say it’s time for Yale students to do a study of what happens when a white student is napping in a common room vs. what happens when a black student is napping in a common room. Both scenarios would have to be set up the same way, with books and papers strewn around. Then there would have to be either a person directly observing the results or a camera recording it. Preferably both.
    Could be the source of a team sociology/psychology paper.

  • PhilOiseaubay

    Not defending Sarah Braasch – both incidents are undeniably racist – but this woman seems to have had a very painful life up to now.
    She’d lost two brothers in the last decade – a cherished younger one hung himself and another, with a criminal history. Then it appears her parents have been out of the picture since fleeing their extremely oppressive mid-western evangelicalism.
    As a black person who’s been on the receiving end of racial animus, I’ve little tolerance for her behavior but everyone has their own unique story… just sayin’!

    • dcblackman

      GET OUT!!

    • Mary Brace

      I hear you. It would appear that underneath those engineering and law degrees is someone who is using the rational side of her brain to overcompensate her emotional traumas.

      • PhilOiseaubay

        Read http://www.citypages.com/news/ah-shit-yale-woman-who-called-cops-on-napping-black-student-is-from-minnesota/482373941 from her home state, MN. Best research to date on her troubled history.
        As much as I’d like to empathize with another troubled human – she certainly needs help now more than ever – I’d still like her out of Yale (speaking as a non-Yaler with friends/associate from its grad program).
        That said. I appreciate we have yet another example showing why people of color are not hallucinating. Thanks Sarah B!

        • Mary Brace

          thanks for the link. I’m surprised at her age – this means she’s been hiding in academia for 20 years. Not surprised at the mental breakdown. The emotional one is probably yet to come. Of the two of them, I expect Siyonbola to lead a much richer life, in the long run. But yeah – no one should have to put up with this, either.

  • southvalley

    No “confusion” for Braasch…probably thought Sion was homeless and sleeping it off.
    NO confusion; Sion is black.
    This is outrageous

  • D.r. Supe

    One wonders what consequences Braasch has had to face as a result of her harassing these students? Was she suspended? written up? required to do sensitivity training? Or was she simply allowed to continue her life as before with no consequence for her paranoia adversely affecting others?

  • MiltonDValler

    So new rule, black people can sleep anywhere they like. Done.

  • MimiB

    What I want to know is why Sarah Braasch, the complainant, wasn’t forced to show her identification or prove she “belonged” there in dorm or the common area. Why was only the black student put in that situation? People and students who can’t see the inherent racism in the assumptions, are in need some education, which they don’t seem to be getting at Yale.

    • AmanaPlan

      The Yale University Police Department Facebook page has a statement that says they did check the caller’s ID (although my guess is maybe they didn’t call it in for the same level of verification that Lolade was subjected to) : “Yale Police responded to a call in the early hours of Tuesday, May 8 at 1:40 a.m. The caller reported that she was a student at Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS) and said that there was a woman sleeping in the Common room on the 12th floor and that she did not know who the person was. Three police officers responded to HGS around 1:45 a.m. where the caller met them at the entrance and showed them her ID. She then let them up in the elevator, which stopped at the fifth floor where another student appeared.”

  • darendt

    And had a black student called the cops on a white person we wouldnt be talking about this. Race has zero to do with this. A student was making sure a person wasnt a vagrant and belonged at the school. Nothing to see here, move along.

  • riverwomantoo

    Being white I find white people are way to often just plain embarrassing. Stupid and embarrassing.

  • Larry1966

    Can I change my race to black? I want to be able to question all Authority when they are doing their job.

  • Bapu Gujarat

    Well, There is an UPI number on Yale ID. They would have validate with UPI number in the database.
    Police have Union & Union jobs are safe.

  • bubbuhh

    Why were the police called? Why wasn’t the resident administrator called or the campus cops? Where is the sense of proportion? Given the weekly tragedies reported in the news any person dialing 9-1-1 in a non-emergency situation is gambling on with people’s lives if a non-white is involved. even peripherally.

    • AmanaPlan

      This was the Yale University Police Department.

  • Infinity777

    People are just tired of being discriminated against, we are all human and we all have right to be here – FACTS! It’s a shame, but we have to be a voice to injustice. Children are taught racism, I just feel sorry for the racist that will never be able to know a real friendship from people other than the ones that are the same as he or she. If we were all blind of our sight, we would truly be able to see people for who they truly are. Many racist would open their eyes to the truth! Some of my best of friends are from all over the world, and they are rich in who they are as a person, and I feel blessed to know what a real friend is.

  • WatchingFromOverThere

    I lived in HGS many years ago. At night, both the residential and the office parts of the building are locked, and unauthorized people cannot get in unless someone invites them.

    You really have to wonder if Ms. Braasch would have reacted the way she did if she had found a white woman who had fallen asleep in the common room.

    By the way, the fact that someone was mugged by black men in TD has nothing to do with this incident.

    Assuming that all black people are dangerous is–oh, am I allowed to say this, right-wing snowflakes?—racist.

    • WokenKing

      If all Blacks where violent then all whites condoned slavery. One day they will learn to stop boxing people into these small sub categories and open their eyes to the real issues.

  • Mario Holmes

    anyone know the name of the moderator of this comment section and have any info on how they determine who and what can be posted here I need it for something im putting together would it Britton O’Daly?

  • Roselyn Oneka

    Making American great again means taking America back to a segregated nation that these fellows missed dearly.

  • Yang Guo

    Very thankful that George Zimmerman is not enrolled there.

    • albobcat

      I’m sorry, officer, she had a bag of Skittles …..

  • joey joejoe

    Brasch is a hate-speech loving airmchair intellectual, a lover of authoritianism and state power, a repeat-offedner racial profiler, a little spoiled brat – and a rat -and a slef-celebrated defender of antebellum slavery since she was a chubby little teenager in debate class.

    Know how you know you aren’t too bright – and a racist? Recounting your midlle school debate team victory years after the fact – and your how you couched your arguments for slavery in the myth of the happy slave.

    Nope. None too bright indeed.

    https://thegrio.com/2018/05/10/sarah-braasch-yale-grad-student/

  • GuyinPassaic

    I’m not a student at Yale (come get me Sarah Braasch!) but I’m tossing my unsolicited two cents in. It seems Braasch would be well aware of a fellow grad student on a small floor by now, just a couple of weeks before end of school year. Then there was that previous encounter. In both cases, Braasch questions the validity of students who are black; I haven’t read of her challenging students who are white.
    Coupled with her online writings objecting to hate speech, defending the KKK and slavery, it seems Sarah Braasch has a problem with black people. She should be expelled from Yale for filing false police reports – at least in the case of Siyonbola – for the purpose of racially harassing a fellow student. She has every right to her opinions, but not to act recklessly on her bias.

    • albobcat

      Ms. Siyonbola had previously co-filed a complaint against Ms. Braasch for a similar incident. She knew her by sight and was well aware that she belonged there.

    • Kerryman

      Is this serious? Online defenses of those highpoints of American history, the klan and slavery? These kind of whackjobs even exist at Yale? Yep, check-up from the neck up needed badly.

  • lbjack

    Braasch has a history. Apparently she is unhinged. The response of a school administered by adults would be to bring in Siyonbola and Braasch, and say, “This is unacceptable, Ms. Braasch. You shall apologize to Ms Siyonbola, and you are on probation. Ms Siyonbola, is this acceptable?” End of story. But no, administration issues bilious boilerplate. Good God, the administration is as infantile as some of the students!

    By the way, no, you can’t use it as a bedroom, but OF COURSE you can nap in the common room!

    • albobcat

      That opportunity was past when Yale did NOTHING about a previous similar incident against another African-American student that was co-filed by Ms. Siyonbola. Braasch knew her well and was just trying to harass her specifically. Yale had the opportunity to prevent this and did nothing. Now Ms. Braasch has ruined her life as a result of something Yale could have prevented.

    • Kerryman

      Enough said. Period. Mic drop.

  • bw

    i heard the white girl was selling cocane from her room so she could afford to stay there. should bring the dogs in.

  • Jim Berkman
  • Joe Hart

    Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill! Why does this need to be all about black Vs white?

    • Watty Helms

      You might ask Ms Braasch that question. She started this bullshit.

    • WokenKing

      Are you dumb? Or just choose to ignore that this is what it is exactly ABOUT. How many white students you think she called the cops on in the same room ?

    • yesyes

      The iron law of black v white in this country: A mole hill that can become a mountain, but shouldn’t become a mountain, must be made to become a mountain.

      • Kerryman

        How about when a mole hill has come through slavery and now wants to be relieved from mole hill status and wants to go to the mountain instead? Seriously, enough of the b.s. of Blacks being targeted because they are black. Sure, this is a small incident which has more to do with the nuttiness of the cop caller, but there was a hunk of racial overtone to the situation. I would be worried about the student who made the call because according to Ms. Siyonbola she called the cops on another black male student in the not distant past. Yale should suggest a shrink rap or checkup from the neck up for her.

    • PhilOiseaubay

      Because it happened twice with black people. The first incident seems to have been disturbingly aggressive in Sarah following and berating someone who just asked for directions.
      Then there’s her history of a proud defense of slavery and her love & defense of hate speech.

  • Jarvis

    People like Braasch need to be sent to a camp where they are taught inclusion and how humans are all part of one giant genetic family. And it’s people like her that force people of different cultures to separate from society and enter underclasses.

    I hope she is placed on leave or experiences some form of suspension so that she can feel what it is to be an outsider.

    • John Dingle Barry

      And from your utopian camp they should proceed straight to the ovens, right?

      • Jarvis

        If you read her writings, she defended slavery by claiming many of those under its control desired remaining under it.

        You’re reversing the context only in order to claim genocide is linked to teaching inclusion. That’s incoherent.

        • John Dingle Barry

          No, forcing people in to a “camp” because they don’t agree with you is the first step towards genocide.

    • marcospolo3

      yes, and the camp has always been called
      University!

      • Jarvis

        Obviously not, she kept her reinforced fears behind secure entrance system.

    • Kerryman

      People who declare that people who screw up one time and nobody died should be sent to a camp should be sent to a camp where they are taught history and proportionality. Jarvis, you seem to enjoy a bit of throwing people under the bus. We have a camp for that, also. Your gonna love it.

      • Jarvis

        It was her second time harassing this student. Summoning police for a student slumbering in a lounge is a sign of someone unable to exist in a community. In reality, the police should have warned Braasch that her misuse of police is harassment and should have arrested her.

        Teaching inclusion in a camp setting is what was done in places where desegregation was occurring. It was needed then, it’s required, obviously.

  • Logan Hartanian

    Jesus, people fell asleep in common rooms all the time when i was at University dorms. You needed a damned card swipe just to get in the dorm in the first place. This entire story is so fucked up. It even makes me wonder if it was staged out of some weird SJW desire.

  • TurnLeft

    Sad. It is Trump’s fault for making racists feel empowered.

    • Alex Hart

      The most idiotic post I’ve read all day. Braindead liberal…

      • Bill Shaper

        That was a factual post, the emboldenment of white nationalist (aka alt-right) has been well documented. Referring to reality as “braindead” or idiotic speaks volumes about you.

    • Kerryman

      Sad, but true.

  • Jules Dupont

    I think Ms Braasch may want to consider distance learning, for more than one reason. She probably won’t be comfortable on campus going forward given the attention she has brought upon herself. And she also appears uncomfortable with certain people she does not know but encounters on campus.

    • albobcat

      Interstellar distances would be appropriate. Personally I want to be light-years away from this gal.

    • Kerryman

      She may have a some problem that needs to be addressed. Don’t insinuate that she would be made to feel uncomfortable on campus. That is suggesting a threat which is not the way to go. You, Jules Dupont, should know that. And, BTW, stop polluting the environment with your poisons, Mr. DUPONT. See how that works?

  • Constipated

    So Braasch is a blatant racist and Yale is an apologist… that’s not news to me.

    • Ralphiec88

      Go ahead…cite the actions by Yale that make it an “apologist” for her actions.

      • The Local Rapist

        Jean-louis Renson.

      • Constipated

        Not putting her on probation for filing a false police report after she has had more than one instance of “static” with other black students.

        • Ralphiec88

          Sorry, that’s not what apologist means, and it wasn’t a false police report.

  • come on now

    This would be I think the first time someone broke into Yale to get to the common rooms to spread books and papers, fall asleep, then what?? Wake up and shoot everyone?? What did Sarah think this person was doing? Studying without a license?
    If it was me I would be like damn she studied hard enough to just pass out….ill try to be quiet so I don’t wake her. Maybe Sarah watches football and thinks the common room is the quarterback and she is the O-line?? Jus sayin

    • WIDTAP

      I might be inclined to speak loudly enough to wake her up so that she could continue studying, or, if she were done for the night, go back to her room where she could sleep more comfortably.

      A little more respect and consideration of others would have gone a long way here.

  • John Dingle Barry

    So now white people have designated times when they can leave their rooms?

    • Alfredo C

      If making life miserable for black students comes along with whites leaving their rooms then yes, they should only be allowed out at certain times that make it safe for everyone.
      Any other passive-aggressive questions, Johnny?

      • Mongoose

        Please remember that this is ONE complaining woman, not “Whites.”

        • Alfredo C

          Please remember that multiple whites have called the police on black people doing ordinary lawful things all over the country for weeks now and that any white person calling the police on a black person for doing ordinary lawful things at this point knows this and given the context of what’s been happening all over the country for years where unarmed back people who’ve committed no crimes have been summarily executed by the police simply for coming into contact with them, these whites are clearly hoping the police will kill any innocent black person they encounter just because they’d like to see it happen.

          If you sic a rabid pit bull on a person knowing the pit bull has killed before, it’s because you want it to kill again. So, spare me the defense of racist “whites” who comport themselves in this way.

          And, btw, “whites” is not the same as “all whites”, so you can feel free to also spare me the #AllLivesMatter passive-aggressive racism.

          • sweetpea

            whah the crybaby leftists cry about race and their oppression while they go to Yale. wah wah wah. sick of the racist left. sick of whiny crybabies who are ungrateful for living in the most free least racist country on earth. wah wah wah you crybaby good for nothing yale stuldents. you are despicable.

        • Saiber

          One complaining serial racist woman.

  • ppan1

    Sarah Braasch – good luck finding a job.

  • http://broadfork.com Jesus and the Unabomber

    Black while sleeping. Book her, Dano.
    (read Jesus & the Unabomber)

  • John Wtiger

    Ms Braasch seriously needs help. She might do other damage going on.

    • albobcat

      She could cause someone to be killed in her petite version of “swatting.” People have already been killed in other places because of false 911 calls.

  • come on now

    Thanks for posting…I already knew that the police shouldn’t have been called but once the call is made they can not do nothing and they obviously did everything by the book. I can see why the student would be mad and in that heated moment take it out on the police but this was not a police issue….this was an over reactive student issue.

    • DolphinsRpersons

      It was a harassment issue

      • Mongoose

        Not by the police, though.

      • come on now

        Not by the cops. If you Have a shared yard with a neighbor and you call the cops on someone you don’t recognize just hanging in said yard …. the cops come and check on them and they end up being a relative of the neighbor so they leave are they harassing that person ?

      • come on now

        Not by police…..if you had a shared yard with other renters and you saw someone in said yard that you did not recognize and you called the cops, the cops come and check on the person and that person was a relative of another renter so they leave…is it police harassment?

    • http://www.thelastcivilright.com/ ConservativeCreole

      This was an issue of a racist student being actively racist ala 1950-style.

      I even hate to think this way, because it is not, at all, how I live my life.

      I call them how I see them.
      #Spades

  • SFNative
  • Sarah

    I don’t believe you aren’t supposed to sleep in the common rooms. Even if you aren’t, calling the police is a bit extreme. College students are really tired from study. She couldn’t help falling asleep. If Sarah had to call anyone at all, why not campus security instead of the police? It’s still ridiculous though. There was no reason to call the police. Save it for an actual emergency. Sarah’s done this before, but if she was in that same common room and lived there, and so did Siyonbola, why didn’t she know a fellow student when she saw one? Why wasn’t Sarah suspicious? She could have been the one who shouldn’t be there.

    • albobcat

      She knew the student well and knew she was a student there. The same white student had previously had a similar with another African-American student who was trying to find the Commons Room for a meeting with Siyonbola and others. The same girl called the campus cops on Mr. Reneson for “being in a stairwell and making her uncomfortable.” Both Ms. Siyonbola and Mr,. Reneson filed an official complaint about that incident (about which Yale did nothing.) So any thought that Ms. Brassch did not know Ms. Siyonbola on sight is false. She knew her and hated her. Now Ms. Brassch is likely to be disenrolled and will find gainful future employment very, very difficult. No one wants to hire a racist. And it is all self-inflicted damage.

      • Zachary Shriker

        Could be she is just autistic. Then you are being ablist

        • PhilOiseaubay

          Unlikely as she left home as a teen and lived independently as far abroad as Europe.

          • Zachary Shriker

            > implying autistic people can’t live aboard or independently.
            See, ablest

  • Sarah

    My bad, it was the campus police she called. Might as well have been the normal police though. Hope Sarah has a mark on her record for hurting someone by making a false call and wasting police time on a non-emergency. Siyonbola didn’t do anything wrong.

    • Dr. Preobrazhensky

      Recently 2 Yale students were robbed at gunpoint by an intruder in their dorm. He originally claimed he was a “security guard” but after they blocked his exit he pulled a gun on them and walked off with a computer.

      • http://www.abentwookie.com Sarah Santos

        What is your point, exactly?

      • raebzan

        Apples and oranges. Something that happens on one part of a campus does not compute in this instance.

        • Dr. Preobrazhensky

          It looks like poor security and access to dorms by non-students might be a problem there.

          So now if a person seems suspicious students aren’t allowed to call the police if they are a certain color?

  • chukalukabus

    I have been to many top tier universities. Not one allowed sleeping in the common areas.

    Not one.

    • Ralphiec88

      You obviously didn’t stay very long if you never saw a student fall asleep in one.

    • qcdude3

      Total BS, students fall asleep in common areas all the time. Only someone being vindictive would call a cop, Also I would bet no one ever called a cop on a white student that was sleeping.

    • Joe Pertel

      You have no idea what you’re talking about.

    • Alfredo C

      And not allowing sleeping in the common area is a crime for which the police should be involved?

      #duh

  • albobcat

    Interesting that Brassch LIED by saying that she did not know the woman — who had co-filed a previous complaint against her for a similar act against another African-American student. She knew her all right. And hated her, I would think.

  • albobcat

    Or if the sleeping student had not co-filed a previous complaint against the same woman for the a strikingly similar incident?

  • faaq

    A liberal racist?
    Say it ain’t so…….

    • Bill Shaper

      Back up your ignorance, show some evidence of her political ideology.

    • http://www.abentwookie.com Sarah Santos

      She isn’t liberal… Go read her actual posts on sites like the Humanist. Most of the views she expresses are distinctly conservative.

      • Beautiful Deplorable

        Where? Please post links

        • Alfredo C

          Too stupid, lazy and disoriented to do a simple Google search of your own?

  • Ved

    There should be repercussions for abusing the legal system. The Braasch human is emotionally and socially damaged and needs help, but also needs to experience the negative consequences of her actions as a first and foundational step to becoming a better human being.

  • marcospolo3

    if Obama was president, this would never have happened. Just saying. You hear that Trumpy?

  • Anthony Fiallo

    Why is Sarah Braasch allowed to continue attending classes at Yale. Aren’t her RACIST actions enough to get her expelled? Does she have to precipitate a more serious incident, perhaps one involving violence against a black student before Yale acts??

    • Aaron Ireland

      Either way… for a long time to come, any future potential employment vetting is going to turn up that she’s an emotionally unstable racist right away. Not a very wise hire no matter how many degrees she already has or obtains in the future. Her name is garbage now. :slow clap:

      • mbpuckett

        You’re rejoicing in another’s downfall? Sick.

      • http://www.abentwookie.com Sarah Santos

        Well, she is certainly setting herself up for success on YouTube if she decides to become part of the “Skeptics” community. All you have to do is pander to the alt-right or alt-lite on there and you’re rolling in money.

        • Alfredo C

          You got it, Sarah. She’ll have no problems taking in all that Koch and Mercer cash just by proudly letting her freak flag fly and going full Alex Jones/Steve Bannon. Which is what she’s clearly aiming for with all that “New Atheist” racist blogging and her newly acquired street cred.
          Prediction: we’ll see her turn up on the Rubin Report and Breitbart in the coming weeks and being championed by Milo in his own desperate bid for relevance.

  • Buzz Gunderson

    The real odd-ball in the dormitory is the forty-three year old Braasch. How would you like to have her lurking about in the middle of the night checking door locks and looking for intruders? Geez, Granny, what big teeth you have!

    • George Spencer

      It is bad enough that in the 21st century we still live in a society that still harbors racial discrimination , but your comment regarding being an “odd-ball” sounds like another form of discrimination ………… ageism

  • BS

    You must know everything and know she wouldn’t have called if they were white.

    See something, say something.
    They need to change that saying to, see something, say something, *unless your a male seeing something by a female, or if your a female seeing something by a male, or if your a female seeing something by a female, or if your a male seeing something by a male or unless they’re not the same color as you, or a different religion than you, or if they’re younger or older than you. Even if they’re from another galaxy, just keep it to yourself.

  • Kerryman

    Understatement of the day: this incident happened “WITHIN A DIFFICULT NATIONAL CONTEXT.” Ya think? And by the way, what is the problem with the other student who called the cops? That seems a little over the top? Is it motivated by race or is it just another form of nuttiness? Now Yale will have a lot of touchy feely sessions when all they need to do is say to Miss Braacsh: cut the sh1t or the next unnecessary call will result in you getting busted. Wouldn’t that suffice? In the meantime, keep an eye on her.

    • mbpuckett

      I don’t think the “national context” is difficult at all. Unemployment is plunging and it’s springtime.

  • J.j. Barrington

    Except in the real world, that’s completely and utterly false.

    • td2016

      Thank you for your unsupported, incoherent ukase.

      • J.j. Barrington

        So where’s your support?

  • CleverBev

    Except in this case, when it is so obviously true who “started it.” When one is in second grade, the consequences generally do not include a call to law enforcement. Stop trying to excuse this paranoid young woman.

    • td2016

      There are no exceptions. Infantile.

  • CleverBev

    What evidence do you have for that ridiculous statement?

    • td2016

      Evidence that you need a nap? You just provided plenty. Your tone is vicious and you know the vigilantism you urge always leads to violence.

  • CleverBev

    If the same white student calls campus police on black students twice in a couple of months, that is not a “micro-aggression.” That is harassment. How many times has she reported white students to campus police? Perhaps Ms Braasch would be more comfortable in off-campus housing.

    • http://www.phuckaracist.org Lee Surrendered

      Or at Liberty U.

    • PhilOiseaubay

      Plus she had to know Siyonbola from the 1st incident!!!

  • MrLeebooher

    My goodness Thurston a negroidian person in our presence call 911 & remove this vile creature immediately…. Owwwww she’s a student? Well we better make sure as they all look alike and have 10 different ID’s. Sometimes ya just gotta not be so Caucasian and open your mind. But that’s what I thought Ivy league schools did …. Expand your own mind and find your way ? Nope just indoctrination stations for Radical Left Wing idealism. Get a trade and live a good life !

    • Ralphiec88

      Idiotic regurge of right wing talking points in response to idiotic actions of one student. Extra points for “expand your mind”.

    • Bill Shaper

      How many cocktails did you consume before before posting this? I’m just curious.

      • MrLeebooher

        Owwww 3 or 4 !

    • Beautiful Deplorable

      Thurston

  • MrLeebooher

    P.S. I don’t give a shit if you delete or ban me ! I’m retired and DGAF

    • Bill Shaper

      So that’s the new retirement goal, being able to express your bigotry in public without caring for the consequences.

  • Frkingz

    The complainant needs some help. Sad when a college student can’t take a nap without the police being called. Don’t know enough about the caller to determine whether the call was racially motivated or if she is just one of those sad pathetic little people that complain about the tiniest little supposed rule infraction.
    Police did exactly what they were supposed to do. And they told the complainant the person had every right to be there and it wasn’t a police matter and they were going to report it to the dean.

  • http://www.teamvalor.com Barry Irwin

    Napping while being black…what was she THINKING…ha ha ha. I am surprised this would take place at a place like Yale.

    • PhilOiseaubay

      Surprised? Ya, nothing to see here, just move on, eh?
      This no surprise to people of color.

  • John Sand

    If she had every right to be present, why did they not simply ask to see her student ID, and then let it go? Sorry, Goff-Crews, this doesn’t pass the sniff test.

    • Fred

      Because it could be old or fake, the police did nothing wrong. It was the student that made the call in the first place that was to blame. Once called the police were obligated to check things out.

  • Mark Lago

    This article contains more information than the articles in national newspapers.
    I’m wondering who made Sarah Braasch the hall monitor. She needs be be kicked out of school.

    • Beautiful Deplorable

      Because the story won’t trigger people if they knew everything leading up to it. But what she did was wrong

  • ijs

    elihu yale would be proud of sarah braasch. this university needs to give up its entire endowment to black people, starting with the descendants of those enslaved by yale & black people who’ve experienced antiblack oppression thanks to his namesake, & shut down. we don’t need any more finishing schools for the ruling class of amerikkka, the most depraved empire on the face of this earth.

    • John Dingle Barry

      Ah yes, the real motivation comes out in this post. Shake them down…

  • Elizabeth Bates

    If you have problems with African Americans, just use the Police to solve your problem. If you you have problem with African American Customers frequent your business, just use the Police to solve your problem. If you do not like Blacks playing Golf, just use the Police to solve your problem.

    Someone Black in your neighborhood? Who are you going to call? Police Busters. Eventually, these intolerant bigots will stop calling the police and call the local community White Nationalist, KKK, or Neo-Nazis. Thanks for Cell Phones. If was not for Siyonbola video, it would be she said, she said. Police would fully taken side of Sarah. Siyonbola most likely would of been in jail for few hours.

    This is the current state of USA. Bigots using law enforcement as tools.

    • Fred

      You’re part of the problem here blaming the police and implying they acted based on Siyonbola’s race.

      The police would have done the exact same thing if there had been no cell phone. Once called they have little choice but to verify Siyonbola is a current student.

      The problem is the student that called the police to begin with. Perhaps she should be removed from that housing.

      But if someone calls the cops and they don’t investigate properly and then something bad were to happen the police would be in all kinds of trouble.

      p.s. I also don’t blame Siyonbola for being upset and think she handled herself quite well.

      • theonlyone

        Thank you for the balanced comment. The police did what they had to do and Siyonbola kept cool. The White lady who called needs to be punished in some way because she was totally out of line. Much respect to Siyonbola for handling the matter in a solid fashion.

      • Alfredo C

        Why do four cops need to “investigate” a sleeping student?
        Why did they not ask Sarah for her ID?
        Are you suggesting unarmed black folks who have committed no crimes have not been killed in cold blood by police “just doing their jobs” all over the country for years?
        Do you really not see that part of the problem is the way the police are trained to perceive their own lives as being above the lives of the tax-paying civilians they ostensibly serve?
        Do you really not see that they’re trained to escalate and exert authority before deescalating and showing courtesy, professionalism and respect to all civilians?
        Do you really not grasp that without criticism, complaining, calling-out and laying the blame on the police, there can never be any reform of training and procedures to ensure unarmed civilians who commit no crimes aren’t summarily executed by the state without due process?
        Or are the police’s feelings more important?
        After all it’s so much more important to be “fair” & “balanced” to the police than to black citizens, isn’t it.

  • theantiyale

    The problem is as much classism as racism. See Yale Police behavior on my graduation night at link https://yalegrad80.blogspot.com/
    Paul Keane
    M. Div. ’80

  • Ellen Luna

    Why is Sarah Braasch not being sanctioned for harassing fellow students?

    • trini08

      Contact these individuals and ask this question of them as well as how they plan to handle this situation. Many have contacted Sarah Braasch directly sarah.braasch@yale.edu, however we should be voicing our concerns that this is the type of individual they have there and is representing Yale University, as well as how the whole situation was handled.

      Verity Harte, Department of Philosophy Chair – Verity.Harte@Yale.edu
      Zoltan Szabo, Department of Philosophy Director of Graduate Studies – Zoltan.Szabo@Yale.edu
      Daniel Greco , Department of Philosophy Director of Undergraduate Studies – Daniel.Greco@Yale.edu

      President of Yale University Peter Salovey
      president@yale.edu
      203-432-2550
      Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

      https://www.change.org/…/dean-lynn-cooley-sarah-braasch…

  • oldgrad

    You’re starting to copy the other troll’s talking points. Do you work together every time a race issue comes up at Yale?

  • oldgrad

    Sorry, pointing out instances of racism is not pure racism.

  • oldgrad

    Having the police called on you by your neighbor is a “minor inconvenience”? Are you really unaware of the numerous examples of benign police checks that have gone wrong?

  • Zorg

    The next thing you know, professors will be calling the cops if they see a black person asleep during class.

  • Lisa

    This incident is inexcusable and needs to be investigated, but the personal history of the student who called the police should also be part of the inquiry. If she has mental illness, or personal tragedies (I read in a blog post online that two of her siblings died in recent years), these may have affected her judgment and caused her to make this grievous and yes, racist, mistake. Before boiling this down, we should get all the facts. No one wants to be judged by the worst mistake of their lives.

    • mbpuckett

      Grievous? Lighten up.

    • http://www.abentwookie.com Sarah Santos

      Yes, she has a mental illness. its called being a right-wing extremist. She has a history of bigoted articles on The Humanist website and even once defended slavery during a debate. This isn’t a mistake. This is a pattern of behavior.

      • Beautiful Deplorable

        She was assigned the pro -slavery side by the instructor

    • Amandla Ture

      it is judged by the impact on those harmed.

  • A-lilith

    Oh Brother, a lawyer AND philosophy student, an ex-Hassid, that explains it. What a nut job. She is a typical White Woman who practically breaks her arm for patting herself on the back for “helping people” and being “woke” but when it comes down to it she is really just as bad any other racists. Again, White People ( some of you ) stop calling the cops on Black People every time you feel “funny”.

  • Domingo

    Racists outsourcing their racism to the police! Homicide by police!

  • Jarvis

    Actually, your overreaction to the teaching of inclusion is utterly disgusting.

  • http://www.phuckaracist.org Lee Surrendered

    The email, sent by University Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Goff-Crews, stated that Yale police “admonished the complaining student that the other student had every right to be present.”

    • Mongoose

      Informed might have been a better choice of word.

      • DT

        So one can be racist but other cannot educate her that being racist is wrong?

  • http://www.phuckaracist.org Lee Surrendered

    Why did the police admonish her?

    • Nancy Morris

      They didn’t “admonish” her. That was an incorrect choice of vocabulary by University Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Goff-Crews, who did not help these matters with her error.

      After properly and professionally checking ID’s and inspecting other evidence, the YPD officer INFORMED Braasch that Siyonbola was a Yale student fully entitled to be where she was, doing what she was doing.

      One can add Goff-Crews’ misuse of “admonish” in her email to the YDN’s misuse of the word “interrogate” to describe the YPD actions on the scene, where in fact Siyonbola was asked to sit tight and wait while her Yale ID was checked, a process that took longer than it should because she had imprudently put her nick name in her Yale ID.

      • DT

        Why are you such a racist Nancy? Is Sara your racist daughter? Or is she married to your racist so ?

        • Nancy Morris

          So why are you a serial killer, DT? Isn’t Joseph DeAngelo your real name? Or is he married to your serial killer so ?

          Just adking.

          • anthony cali

            you totally got destroyed in comments and you can’t even see it LOL

      • DT

        Maybe I should call the police on you to check you every time I see you because you make me uncomfortable?

        • Nancy Morris

          They YPD fid not “admonish” her, and your nastiness doesn’t change that.

      • jgh59

        Admonish: Warn or reprimand someone firmly. Seems to fit the situation. Were you there to witness this or were busy at your Klan meeting?

  • Jarvis

    She had already harassed the same student in a prior confrontation. Braasch was deceiving the police in order to claim she had never seen her before. She’s looney racist.

  • zorkamundo

    Braasch needs to be expelled! And Yale alumni should not contribute any more $$ to their precious alma mater. Yale sucks!!

    • mbpuckett

      Yeah! Yale is the worst!

    • DolphinsRpersons

      Yes

  • Dr. Preobrazhensky

    As context, Yale students have been robbed at gunpoint in the dorms recently:

    https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/04/24/td-students-robbed-at-gunpoint/

    • Steven J. Garcia

      So what?

    • jerryballew

      This complaintant knew the victim and had conflicted with her before as to whether she “belonged” there. So, there goes that theory down the rabbit hole.

    • Enni

      Context? Clearly this was not the first encounter Ms. Braasch had with Ms. Siyonbola so I’m confused as to why you think this justifies her calling the police. People seem to forget that dialing 911 is strictly for emergencies, are you someohow implying Braasch felt threatened by another student SLEEPING in the common room?

    • Robin

      Yes. but a sleeping grad student surrounded by her text books is hardly close to being a gun toting robber. Braasch should have been able to make the distinction.

    • jonquimbly

      Therefore, it’s okay for white students to call YPD on black people they do not recognize? That’s messed up, Prof.

    • losakeye

      Your point? If she’s really concerned about recent robberies at gunpoint, do you really think she would harass a potentially armed robber?

    • CamasBlues

      Because clearly a sleeping women with a stack of notes and papers in a dorm is clearly a robber on the prowl.

    • http://www.abentwookie.com Sarah Santos

      As context, Braasch is a right-wing extremist who posted bigoted articles on “The Humanist” site and once defended slavery during a debate. Oops.

      • nickname_sin

        Maybe brush up on the facts. The lady was debating in a class assignment and was placed on the pro-slavery side, in primary school. She is obviously a poopy person, but don’t distort the facts for added impact. That is poopy as well.

        • 1bestdog

          In primary school? How do people even know these things? Christ. There is zero privacy of anybody’s life anymore.

      • 1bestdog

        Source?

      • Dr. Preobrazhensky

        Her website says she is a feminist who is focused on secularism and women’s rights advocacy. That doesn’t seem to be very right-wing.

    • Meikas Mom

      WHAT in the HELL does this have to do with a sleeping Grad student with a book, laptop and cover in hand in a Common area? Where the police called on other WHITE student’s doing the SAME THING? See what folks fail to realize is that we as brown people DO NOT want special treatment we just want to be LEFT THE HELL ALONE!!!!

      • Mike Miller

        go racial tension

        • Alfredo C

          So black and brown folks shouldn’t object to being harassed for sleeping, eating, sitting, walking, being and/or checking out of their AirBNB because it makes you tense, Mikey?

          White people don’t get to complain about their hurt feelings or discomfort until they’ve been slaves for 400 years, had their lands stolen and been forced via Death March onto reservations, lived under a Jim Crow system and been thrown into internment camps just because they’re white. When all that happens we’ll all be thrilled to cry an ocean for your “tension”, Mikey. Deal?

          • 1bestdog

            So all persons with white skin should be objectified and hated for something they had nothing to so with?

          • Alfredo C

            Yes. Chin up, Cletus and take a lesson from the black experience; adversity only makes you stronger. You shall overcome someday. Just not today.

      • Dr. Preobrazhensky

        Where the police called on other WHITE student’s doing the SAME THING?

        I don’t know. But if they were, I suspect the incident wouldn’t make national news, just as the news about the Yale students robbed at gunpoint didn’t make national news.

    • raebzan

      As context, she’s done this before. I don’t think it’s good enough to cite a potential danger elsewhere compared to one person’s past history of calling campus police for reasons best described as dubious.

      • Nancy Morris

        It is not necessary for a student calling for a security check to believe – reasonably or unreasonably – that a crime has been committed or that there is “potential danger.” And it’s frankly bizarre that commenters here keep finding ever more strained and elaborate ways of insisting otherwise.

        • Carol Halliwell

          So, you’d like it if your daughter had the police called on her for, say, falling asleep while studying, or needing directions, or sitting in a coffee shop, or driving a car, or checking out of a vacation rental, or walking, or shopping, or playing in a playground. And if, you know, sometimes people who look like your child end up dying in ordinary interactions with police, because sometimes police get scared or hostile the way Sarah Braasch sure seems to have been hostile that night at Yale. So, maybe your child’s lost a friend or two to this kind of violence; big deal, right? You wouldn’t be sad or angry at all if your child were up at night feeling traumatized at incessant hostility from white strangers, at the horrible sense that anyone, any time, might call the police on her for no good reason. And you would think it was fine when this kept happening, regardless of how it impacted your child’s well-being and sense of safety and belonging in the world, and ultimately her ability to thrive and succeed. Your lack of understanding of what’s happening here is what seems bizarre to me.

          • Nancy Morris

            It is not necessary for a student calling for a YPD security check to believe that a crime has been committed. That is a fact. Students can and do call for YPD security checks for all manner of things, including hearing odd noises. There is zero evidence of intent to harass in this case. Nothing has “kept happening.” There were just TWO calls.

            Further, it is by no means clear that merely being a Yale grad student entitles a non-HGS resident to be in the residential portion of HGS unless unaccompanied by an HGS resident. If that is the case, then having someone ask for directions, thereby demonstrating that they do not live in HGS, might constitute perfectly good reason to call YPD. And there might be other relevant consideration of which the public has no knowledge.

            I do not pretend to know all of the relevant facts in this case. But I do know that jumping to conclusions without hearing Ms Braasch’s side of all this is dead wrong. And the kind of overwrought reaction to a 15 minute security check is unlikely to induce her to come forward except, perhaps, if she files some nasty lawsuits against an expanding list of potential civil defendants, which she may very well have a right to do for invasion of privacy, defamation, tortious infliction of emotional distress, and perhaps more.

        • Matt Smela

          Hey can we call the cops on you every time that you’re out in public? I mean, you might be a “potential danger”. I don’t know you and you’re unfamiliar. So, is that okay?

      • 1bestdog

        As reported elsewhere, the earlier incident she gave him egress with her elevator key and rode the elevator up with him….when he acted vague she got suspicious and as a woman men period can set off alarms. The second incident I frankly believe was payback since Ms. Syonbolia gave her ish for her earlier actions.

        • luceroblanco

          This i think is the crux of it. Why was she “afraid” just because he was lost? I read about that incident. If you are on campus, full of college students, why is a lost college student something to be afraid of? And then why block him from entering the common room? To me it is bizarre behavior. Understandable if she fears “black people” but otherwise how is it rational?

    • Amandla Ture

      What does that have to do with a sleeping student?

      • Nancy Morris

        You must be something quite special. I, personally, can’t determine whether an unfamiliar sleeping person is a student.

        • oldgrad

          Pro tip: if they’re in a student dorm and sleeping, they’re most likely a student.

        • Matt Smela

          Pro-tip: she knew that person was a student because she’d called the cops on her in the past. So she was familiar with her. Stop being deliberately ignorant to defend a racist.

      • Dr. Preobrazhensky

        Was it clear that this was a sleeping student and not an intruder, sleeping in the Common area where people are not supposed to sleep?

        • AlecMN

          Yes, you are clearly a genius. An armed robber broke into private housing….to take a nap.

    • Jarvis

      Incoherent, this was a repeat harasser of the same person. In correct context, the police should have assessed the caller as the offender.

      • Nancy Morris

        Braasch is not an “offender.” She committed no “offense” by calling for a security check.

        • Matt Smela

          Nancy, she KNEW that person and had pulled the same stunt in the past. Why are you so desperate to protect a racist?

        • Jarvis

          She wasn’t threatened during either event. If you think someone doesn’t belong in a living hall, you alert the Resident Advisor. If you see something threatening or are being threatened, then you call the police. Read the rules in your student handbook.

      • Dr. Preobrazhensky

        WP states, “As the police tried to sort out who she was (Siyonbola’s given name in a Yale database conflicted with her preferred name on the card, a spokesman said.), she told them Braasch had called police on her friend about three months ago “because he was in the stairwell and he was black.”

        So, an uncorroborated claim involving a different person.

    • luceroblanco

      I can understand being frightened and calling the police because of an intruder in that context. However, in the video footage the caller in THIS CASE argued with the student who had been sleeping and threatened to call the police because “she can’t sleep there.” There was no weapon and the caller knew it. Otherwise she would have been stupid to confront her–she knew this was not a real “intruder.” She would have ran into her room, locked the door and called the police in that case.

      • Nancy Morris

        That’s a very big load of twenty-twenty hindsight second guessing you just dropped ofv there.

        Would you like to have someone second guess your startled, 2:00am decisions?

        Give it a rest.

        • luceroblanco

          Did you watch the video? She talked to the other student. That is not 20-20 hindsight, that’s what I saw on the video. Why engage if you think the person is a danger? It was about her sleeping there, not that she was afraid of the other student. If it was online, yes, people have a right to make comments on my 2:00 a.m. decisions.

      • Dr. Preobrazhensky

        The point is that unauthorized people have been in the dorms and one of them pulled a gun and robbed students of their stuff in the dorm. Calling the police to check out a person who may not be authorized to be there is not bizarre behavior in that context.

        • AlecMN

          What rational person imagines that an armed robber would take a much needed snooze before robbery? Your supposition is insane.

    • Mark Stuart

      By people feigning to be asleep in common rooms? Has that been the modus operandi for coaxing their prey? I mean…as context, right?

      • Nancy Morris

        The second guessing of people concerned about their own physical safety is repulsive and flatly wrong.

      • Dr. Preobrazhensky

        No, but apparently there’s been an issue with security and with intruders, one of whom robbed students at gunpoint. Being skittish and calling police about a strange person napping in the common area isn’t completely out of bounds in such circumstances.

        • AlecMN

          No rational person fears a person who is literally asleep.

          • Dr. Preobrazhensky

            Homeless people do break in and fall asleep in places. This once happened to one of my former professors, in his home.

  • mbpuckett

    You nailed it.

  • trini08

    Contact these individuals as well if you have not already, not just Sarah Braasch sarah.braasch@yale.edu the woman who called the police on Lolade Siyonbola, and continue to contact them. Voice your concerns that this is the type of individual they have there and is representing Yale University, as well as how the whole situation was handled.

    Verity Harte, Department of Philosophy Chair – Verity.Harte@Yale.edu
    Zoltan Szabo, Department of Philosophy Director of Graduate Studies – Zoltan.Szabo@Yale.edu
    Daniel Greco , Department of Philosophy Director of Undergraduate Studies – Daniel.Greco@Yale.edu

    President of Yale University Peter Salovey
    president@yale.edu
    203-432-2550
    Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • E.C. from D.C.

    Is the trash that Sarah Braasch going to be taken out for good?
    This is her 2nd time pulling this racist bull.

  • E.C. from D.C.

    Time to fire/expel her …. simple and plain.

    • Ilive4rain

      I think eviction from student housing more appropriate. Also, if she ever attempts to get an actual job, her prospective employers should think long and hard before allowing her to have any kind of authority over other people.

  • E.C. from D.C.

    Is she going to be given a 3rd chance to weaponize the police on another black person for no reason?

  • oldgrad

    You just said anybody who criticizes Braasch is either stupid or hates women. And somehow I’m the one who descended into ad hominem attacks. Right.

  • oldgrad

    So you really are ignorant of the numerous, highly publicized, fatal shootings that began when police or suspicious neighbors “just checked” on innocent black people for no compelling reasons? Astounding, but it explains why you refuse to show any empathy for Siyonbola.

  • oldgrad

    You’re just making this story up.

  • oldgrad

    Except the common denominator in her two calls to YPD.

  • Rizky Rizky

    I remember a folklore about mischievous child who lied about wolfs attack multiple times and made everyone mad. But when the real accident happen and he ask for help no one believes it

  • raebzan

    If you can’t spell “guarantee”, don’t make a guarantee.

  • runcotvs

    I was wondering why the officers wouldn’t look at her notes, books, etc. to verify what she’s saying. But I guess they would be clueless what she’s studying/writing about. They wouldn’t see a threat even if she were advocating Mau Mau style stuff in the USA. Because, you see, The Database is unlikely to have anything on Mau Mau. 😉

    On a more serious note, did you notice that the officer had his hand on the gun all the time (except to jot down some notes or talk with the control room)? Don’t the police or other security personnel have the experience if not any special cognitive ability or aptitude to determine when a subject is not a threat to their personal safety? Of course, they are following process or protocol. “Just doing their jobs.” Only in America!

    • Bob D.

      Look at the video again. The police officer did not have “his hand on the gun all the time”. His right arm is either at his side or resting on top of some of the cases on his belt that are located well in front of his gun.

    • Alfredo C

      Cops want to be sure everyone knows they’re the authority at the scene and the hand on the gun is one way to reinforce it. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re trained to stand that way.

      • John Dingle Barry

        Wow, way to stereotype the alleged stereotypers. I’m sorry you didn’t score higher on the test.

        • Alfredo C

          Police training is a “stereotype” the way a paper hat on a McDonald’s employee is. Nobody expects a troll to know better though. #Blocked and ignored.

  • runcotvs

    So, the moderator rejects my suggestion that Ms. Braasch be assigned an intellectual challenge. I don’t see your reason for rejecting it but there are other forums and publications with a wider/larger readership who will publish it and I’ll make sure where you stand on public discourse, diversity of opinion, and all that crap you tom tom….

    I’m not yet considering blasting an email to Yale’s leadership and everyone in the Philosophy department suggesting that assignment.

    • runcotvs

      This is quite a twisted tactic by this publication and the moderator. The above comment of mine has the risk of making me seem whining or threatening commentor. However, they rejected and still don’t surface a fair and polite previous comment. In contrast, some of the comments that have been accepted easily qualify as noxious, racist, and myopic. Not to speak of several repeats with the same verbiage (probably double/triple submits of the same comment). That’s how diligent, conscientious, and open the moderators and this publication are. Higher education? (sic!)

      That’s definitely some whining there, I’ll admit and my apologies. Here’s a synopsis of my proposal: how about the Philosophy department assigning for Ms. Braasch a project/paper on a hypothetical scenario: what if the person in the dorm room were in a burkha? What would her thinking and action have been? (Let’s forget Mr. Revenson for now although the same question could address her thinking and actions in that case). The question addresses not only the subjects of Ms. Braasch’s scholarship (logic and game theory) but also her temperance activities – against the burkha, for women, divorcing moral underpinnings or drivers from law (crafting and executing).

      Can someone more familiar with this publication or Yale or media help me understand why they’d reject my previous comment proposing this? (Of course, I’m assuming they will publish this).

  • Observant7

    Why are White people so good at calling cops on perceived crimes by Blacks but NEVER see White American Terrorists loading and unloading AR15 guns and ammunition into their cars.

  • runcotvs

    The photograph of the gothic building – is a curious choice and worth a semiotic consideration. It’s nothing extraordinary really in other circumstances but given the context and the subject being reported, it’s macabre at best. Took me back to medieval times (pun intended), dungeons, chains, torture, screams….dark and “black”? The towering spire, and meticulous geometry–symmetry–of it all and three dark archways to enter it. The sign in the front harks: ONE WAY

    “The American college campus, and its Gothic filigree, seem timeless,
    pristine constructions. Nothing could be farther from the truth: They
    are historical eruptions, made possible by philanthropic economics,
    continental envy and racism.”
    https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/09/how-gothic-architecture-took-over-the-american-college-campus/279287/

  • oldgrad

    Actually it’s not. You don’t get to make up your own definition of racism.

  • oldgrad

    There is no evidence for “pernicious intent” in that comment either.

  • oldgrad

    But elsewhere on this thread you write that you love hate speech, and that anybody who opposes it is a free speech “poseur.” Since you celebrate hate, should we interpret your comment as a compliment, or are you also a poseur?

    • td2016

      Are you now, and have you ever been, a Yale student?

      • oldgrad

        Non sequitur. Yes.

  • CleverBev

    “Jerk?” Is that the best you can do? Then again, based on your string of responses, maybe it is.

    • td2016

      You don’t deserve better.

      • CleverBev

        Don’t check responses, frequently, so I’ll respond in the high-minded vein of your reply. Rubber: glue. Further, one of your responses attributed statements to me what I didn’t make. You need to spend more time reading for comprehension and less time looking for an excuse to write the invective that you confuse with conversation. That having been said, what gives you the license to decide what others deserve? You may not want my sympathy, but you’ve got it anyway. Happy trails!

  • Bob D.

    Not trying to justify Sarah Braasch’s behavior. She clearly acted inappropriately in calling the police on Ms. Siyonbola and Mr. Reneson. OTOH I’m not convinced that her actions were completely motivated by virulent racism. Reading Mr. Reneson’s account of what happened, it appeared that Ms. Braasch actually used her elevator key to bring him up to the 12th floor of HGS, later becoming suspicious of him when he didn’t appear to know where he was going. She might well have reacted differently if Mr. Renson were white, but the fact that she apparently didn’t regard him as any kind of threat when they both entered the elevator on the ground floor belies the narrative that she is a demonic racist at heart. The incident with Ms. Siyonbola is far more troubling, as it seems that Ms. Braasch should have known who she is. It is possible, though, that her calling the police arose as much or more out of animosity over the Reneson incident than purely racial animus. Also, while the presence of books and laptops should have been a pretty good indication that Ms. Siyonbola was legitimately studying, she also had a pillow and a blanket, which would make someone happening upon her at least a little suspicious that she might not be a resident of the building. Does it justify calling the police? No, of course, but it does provide some context for Ms. Braasch’s actions. People are posting as her judge, jury, and executioner. I think they should stop and consider whether she is truly a racist with animosity for black people — or someone who is not socially well-adjusted, sadly living in fear of perceived threats that aren’t there and over-reacting to them, and being more of a stickler for “rules”, whether real or imagined in her mind. (Consider that she also a bit of a fish out of water, being a 43 year-old where the age demographic runs more to 20s-somethings.) This doesn’t make life at Yale any easier for people like Ms. Siyonbola and Mr. Reneson who are on the receiving end of her ignorance in the form of police encounters, but we should consider that Mr. Braasch deserves at least some pity rather than unbridled hatred.

    • gamesjon

      “I think they should stop and consider whether she is truly a racist with
      animosity for black people — or someone who is not socially
      well-adjusted, sadly living in fear of perceived threats that aren’t
      there and over-reacting to them, and being more of a stickler for ‘rules’, whether real or imagined in her mind.”

      I’m not trying to be super combative or anything about your description, but couldn’t this honestly be the exact same description given to people who are racist?
      Not socially well-adjusted… check
      Living in fear of perceived threats that aren’t there… check
      Over-reacting to said imagined threats… check
      Stickler for the “rules”…. check

      In fact that’s also like a good definition/description of cops by & large… not every individual cop, but broadly as a group. And that’s the issue isn’t it? I mean at what point does one cross the line from a benign lack of social skills into a harmful prejudice based on imaginary fears?

      Like I said I don’t want to be confrontational or anything about it, so I am just using the circumstances that exist here & do not direct anything towards Ms. Braasch herself as I don’t know her. So I only mean to use the the event if people can somehow disassociate the specifics of who was specifically involved. Also, just for the record before disassociating the people Ms. Siyonbola is 34 so I mean she also isn’t in the demographic of “20s-somethings” you mention.

      Personally I don’t necessarily understand why you keep adding qualifiers to the term racism/racist such as “virulent racism” or “demonic racist”. I happen to be white & I would have to say that I have not encountered that many people that would merit such a description… some, but not that many. However, I have met a ton of people who I would say is a bit racist. It is like an unconscious racism, they don’t pro-actively spread racist views or say racist things, but they do tend to get nervous if they notice a group that is on track to cross paths with them of say 4-5+ black males, they do tend to consider someone a bit more suspicious than usual when seeing a single black person somewhere where they aren’t used to seeing minorities generally speaking, & of course they tend to be a lot more sympathetic & understanding of the police version of events never even considering that someone unarmed who was shot wasn’t doing something that made the officer “fear for their life”.

      So I don’t know how exactly one should describe this, I’ve always said is like an unconscious racism, but it is something that is based upon a deep-rooted prejudice a lot of people seem to have & it seems to have been what was likely the cause of a lot of these recent events. I agree with you that there really needs to be a more substantive discussion to sort of flesh out these things rather than just emotional outrage… at least in these instances not involving police violence or shootings of people where both the discussion & the outrage is right, but there also needs to be some clear acknowledgement & condemnation about the behaviors because while it may be unconscious racism it has real impacts on other people. So how much sh-t should those people have to go through while people take their sweet a-s time on their voyage of self-discovery on recognizing their issue?

  • Bob D.

    But apparently Ms. Siyonbola uses a teleportation device to travel between her dorm room and the common room at that time of the morning?

  • Mocksoup

    So when is Ms Braasch being removed from Yale housing? This isn’t her first time doing this.

  • Leonard Cruz

    Usually residence halls on each floor have Resident Assistants that know all their residents on their floor. This would not have happened if the said resident wanted to know whether the other student (resident) lived in the residence hall if he/she asked the R.A. Even graduate student residence halls must have a some Hall leader that is informed as to who lives in the residence halls. And no matter what time of day it is the R.A. on duty that has to respond to any inquiry or emergency. Police should never have been involved with this particular situation.

    • John Dingle Barry

      If someone calls the Police, they have no choice in these situations when dispatched.

      • DT

        Point being Sara needs to be expelled.

        • John Dingle Barry

          Which has nothing to do with the police.

      • Middling

        Yes, but she should have checked with the RA. On the other hand, she knew SY was a student! But, she lied when she called the police saying she did not recognize SY!

  • dammitall23

    Other articles about Sarah Braasch show she’s clearly a white supremacist who knows full well that she is harassing other students. WHY is Yale putting up with this?

    • Middling

      White Privilege? Is she one of those students who bought their way into Yale?

      • dammitall23

        No idea how she got herself into Yale, but other articles about her say she’s blogged racist rants in favor of slavery.

        • hny2880

          That’s just false. There are interviews of her describing a middle school debate in which the school had them argue for and against slavery and she got assigned to the “pro slavery” debate (Yes, super ethically questionable assignment on the part of the school). In interviews she describes how she argued the debate. There is zero evidence she is actually in favor of slavery; those comments describing how she argued in the school debate have been taken egregiously out of context. It’s fine to criticise her for what she did to Siyonbola, and to worry about the racial basis of those actions, but the stuff about her being on record as pro slavery and an open white supremacist is just false and consequently it cheapens the whole (important) discussion to be had about the things she did do.

          • dammitall23

            Why is she harassing black students, then? Some kind of delayed “extra credit” for her middle school class?

  • mbpuckett

    The police did their jobs. If they hadn’t, they’d be berated in the Yale Daily News for that, too. They can’t win.

  • PhilOiseaubay

    Getting your information from Breitbart or equivalent sites I see.

  • Pon_de

    LOL you definitely sound like one of those butt hurt people who’s received a few old fashioned cussings out for not minding your own business. Thanks for the chuckle.

  • LavXolm

    Braasch needs to be shunned by others at Yale until she can get her act together.

    • Michele Robinson

      If She Doesn’t want attend schools with minority’s……She Should Move To another COUNTRY… Because …Blacks Will Not Back down…

    • http://hallert.net Ben Hallert

      Shoot, she might end up being offered a White House cabinet position after this.

    • E.C. from D.C.

      People like her don’t “learn their lesson” from a stern talking to or a cold shoulder lol.

  • Inner Boyka

    It’s interesting that Yale never suggested that the two black students be more thoughtful regarding their use of social media. The female student-made Facebook posts that implied institutional racism which it clearly was not. I’ve worked at large universities and I know that what campus security did was standard operating procedure. Being a PhD student supposedly in philosophy she should realize how irresponsible and unethical that was. The irony of it was that her actions unfairly implicating the police were just as bad as the racist student who reported her. Maybe worse since, this electronic “crying wolf” has a much larger impact.
    It is amazing that this non new story has risen to this level of national coverage. Maybe this is a sign that all of this is gone too far and people need to stop crying “blank while black” every time they are offended or think they’re treated unfairly. And the national media needs to stop running misrepresented claims and making isolated incidents seem like everyday occurrences. All they are do is hurting race relationships not helping them

    • DT

      So is it ok for white student to call on black student without cause? Go home you racist “expert”, universities don’t need conservatives like you, otherwise universities would never move forward.

      • Inner Boyka

        No it is not okay for a racist person to harass a black person by calling the police on them. And Yale has policies that the black student could have used to address the situation. The problem was she went on Facebook and used social media to insinuate that the police were involved in institutional racism. And this is just as wrong.

        • Troy Fergus

          Racism, like terrorism is a systematic problem and is constructed of multiple misperceptions, misconceptions, biases, ill intent, fears, and bad information.

          Addressing the problem on an individual basis doesn’t address the larger problem. It’s akin to breaking off a twig when you need to chop down the tree.

          Your denial of the system of racism makes it that much harder to confront overall.

          • Inner Boyka

            Your reply makes no sense and misses my original point. I am not denying the existence of racism. It exists everywhere and among ALL races (even blacks discriminate against other blacks based on skin tone, btw).

            My point is that it is irresponsible for a minority to imply institutional racism (a much larger claim) when it is really a case of individual racism. It is simply an unethical way to get attention, potentially at the expense of hurting the institution.

            This is a slippery slope, I’ll admit. There are cases of individual racism that exist because the organization implicitly condones it. BUT in this situation, this is clearly not the case. Security was following the appropriate protocols and their actions were in no way racist or bias (I’ve worked at large universities and I have had to go through the same scrutiny this black student did). Her actions had nothing to do with her *rights* being violated, but were motivated by her feelings being hurt. And for her to insinuate the police were somehow being racist (because their actions brought up bad experiences and hurt her feelings) is simply selfish and unfair.

          • Troy Fergus

            Well, my reply would have made sense if you had understood that I wasn’t trying to get you to acknowledge racism but rather trying to get you to acknowledge the systematic nature of it.

            Here is the thing Boyka: As a white person you don’t experience lethal or discriminatory racism. You may experience blanket racism or reverse racism but the types of racism we experience will never occur to you.

            When the police confront us, usually it’s with weapons drawn, and fingers on the trigger. That’s why we are disproportionately killed while unarmed or innocent. Police mistake anything in our hands or in the vicinity of our hands for a gun and apply lethal force. It could be a wallet, or a Mars bar, or a pen, or nothing at all. Police have a tendency to react violently towards us in a way that they don’t with whites.

            In that way, calling the police was an act of violence, because people know the police can and do apply force that they don’t want to.

            Also, because we are not trusted, people don’t believe we are being abused unless we get in on video.

            Conservatives across the country are in shock and disbelief at how we are treated…but we’ve been telling the nation that this has been going on for hundreds of years.

            This has been a problem that historically was never addressed. Since the days of slaves, whoever policed us black folks have been given extreme power and leniency to keep us under control.

            So until this is addressed we need to keep publicizing, keep getting video and keep videotaping those that do such crimes. With enough exposure and shame the powerful will change their ways. One can only hope!

      • Inner Boyka

        I agree that harassing somebody by calling the police on them for racist motives is reprehensible. And Yale has policies that the black student could have used to address that. But instead she chose to use Facebook and social media to insinuate the police were engaged in institutional racism. And that is just as bad

      • sweetpea

        you think you whiny crybabies are moving colleges forward? lololhshshshslololol oh that’s a good one. universities all over the country are moving backwards. whiny crybabies are protesting against free speech. i used to protest for rights and for free speech and now despicable whiny crybabies protest against rights and free speech and use racism as a weapon against anyone they don’t like. white or black or whatever you leftists today are a disgrace. you are all authoritarians.

    • Harold Guy

      Girl all of your comments are on issues surrounding black people. You just makes comments about black people online bcause your fear makes you cross the street when you see them coming your way.

      • sweetpea

        wah wah wah you whiny crybabies accuse others of being fearful of you when you have to have a safe space in college. lolhahahahaha what a bunch of whiny crybabies. yale students are the worst of the lot. all of you black white whatever. you all suck.

  • oldgrad

    I’m “utterly and incorrect” in “these comment” now?

    It’s patently obvious this story is something you made up to counter any “this would never happen to a white person” comments. I keep calling you on it lest some reader thinks you actually have a valid counter-argument.

    • td2016

      If it’s “patently obvious” to you even though you hallucinated that I wrote that I fell asleep “several times.” You definitely need to cut way back on your recreational drugs and to submit to psychiatric treatment.

      But we already knew all that.

      • oldgrad

        We?

      • oldgrad

        Sorry, I confused some details of your oddly similar story that everybody totally believes really happened. I’ll try not to do it again.

  • oldgrad

    Not true, I certainly do think you intended that equivalency. I’ve read your comments on similar issues (e.g. Charles Blow’s son), so I know exactly where you’re coming from.

    • td2016

      If you think that, then you can’t comprehend basic English. But we alrwady knew that.

      • Shawn White

        You “airwady” knew that oldgrad doesn’t comprehend English?

  • oldgrad

    ‘Potential lies’? You really understand nothing about this situation:

    1) Siyonbola is most likely a Master’s student, which means she pays tuition. PhD students on full stipends are the minority of grad students at Yale. Also, everybody who lives in HGS pays room and board, so she is also paying for that.

    2) You’ve regaled us several times with your story about falling asleep late at night in the Math library. When you woke up, did you still have to finish your problem set / reading / studying? Or would you have been cool hanging around a stairwell with the cops for 15 mins or longer?

    • td2016

      Far from “regaling” you several times as you claim, I have NEVER said I fell asleep in the mathematics library. You can’t read basic English. SEVERAL TIMES. you are a complete fool.

      Neither I nor Siyonbola said anything about HGS rent or room and board. She claimed only that she was paying tuition, and the rest of your rant is irrelevant.

      And you also obviously know nothing about Siyonbola’s tuition obligation, although that doesn’t stop you from shooting off you mouth on the topic and making a fool of yourself. Again.

      • oldgrad

        No, I obviously can figure out what her tuition obligation is, because I have a brain and I’m actually informed about how grad schools work.

        You on the other hand know nothing about the situation. Yet that didn’t stop you from shooting off —for like the hundredth time — on this one news story, in a pathetic attempt to discredit Sayinbola’s integrity. Get lost.

  • td2016

    HGS is definitely NOT a public space. Does anyone know if Siyonbola committed a Connecticut crime or tort by recording videos in HGS and then doxxing Braasch on Facebook? I don’t know what the law is, but it certainly should not be legally permitted to do such a thing. Braasch might have quite a cause of action against Siyonbola for doing that, with maybe a big damages award if the lunatic commenters here urging she be “shunned” etc have their way. Invasion of privacy? Worse?
    I also recall that the 2015 events in the Silliman Courtyard were infamously recorded on video in clear violation of Yale regulations, which require explicit permission to record video anywhere on campus. Was Siyonbola in violation of those same (or other) regulations?
    Braasch certainly did not consent to anything Siyondola did with respect to her videos. Does Yale allow its students to video each other in private quarters such as HGS halls and then post those videos on line to humiliate other non-consenting students? Should Siyonbola be charged and put before some university disciplinary committee for what she did with those videos?
    Braasch has remained quiet while commenters here have raged on with their sound and fury. But Braasch is a lawyer. Would it be a surprise if the next thing we hear about this matter is a report that Braasch has sued Siyonbola and lodged a complaint against her with the university?
    Also, there are a lot of claims in these comments that Braasch “lied” to the police or “filed a false police report.” Setting aside the fact that she is not reported to have filed ANY police report, but instead called for a security check, I’m curious what falsehood (in any form, written or oral) her detractors claim she told the YPD, and how those detractors know. Her detractors who make such claims never actually state what falsehood she supposedly related to the YPD. Does anyone know what falsehoods Braasch supposedly told the YPD?
    On the other hand, Siyonbola told the YPD officers that she paid tuition. But Yale grad students almost NEVER pay tuition. Instead, Yale does a tax-exempt bookeeping transfer on its records and pays itself. Does anyone know if Siyonbola actually pays tuition to Yale? If she does not pay tuition (which seems likely), did she lie to the YPD about this? Would that be a crime?
    Does anyone know about any of this? I don’t, but nothing would surprise me….

    • Alfredo C

      You need to stop trolling with this same comment. I’m flagging you.

      • oldgrad

        ——

    • DT

      It’s funny that a law ignorant like you starts throwing law terms. Go educate yourself, it’s be violating university rules at most, idiot.

    • Middling

      Wow, you are just a little melting snowflake. Braasch should be held accountable for calling the police for no good reason! Braasch knew Siyonbola, yet said that she did not recognize Sy as student.

      Flat out- she lied. But, you are ok with lies!

      • E.C. from D.C.

        td2016 is flat out gaslighting. Everything they spew is disingenuous at best.

      • Silence Dogood

        What’s the lie?

    • oldgrad

      Why does it seem likely that she doesn’t pay tuition? Non PhD students have to pay (https://gsas.yale.edu/funding-aid/tuition-living-costs):

      “For the academic year 2017-2018, the tuition for most full-time study programs at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is $41,000. Doctoral candidates receive a full tuition fellowship.”

      The news has reported Siyonbola is a first-year grad student, class of 2019. That means she’s in a two-year Masters program.

      But please continue spinning new conspiracy theories.

      • Silence Dogood

        Very few Yale terminal masters program students pay their own tuition, even though Yale does not provide financial aid. The masters program students almost all receive third party assistance, and they are encouraged to do that by the university. Tuition, HGS room and board is circa $60,000, and Siyonbola is from a poor family in Nigeria.

    • oldgrad

      Why does it seem likely to you that Siyonbola didn’t pay tuition? The article says she’s a first-year grad student, and also class of 2019. That means she’s not in a doctoral program, and thus has to pay quite a lot of tuition (https://gsas.yale.edu/funding-aid/tuition-living-costs ):

      “For the academic year 2017-2018, the tuition for most full-time study programs at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is $41,000. Doctoral candidates receive a full tuition fellowship.”

      You’re really flailing at this point.

    • luceroblanco

      Is that you Sarah?

  • Mongoose

    She has the same right to be outside her room as anyone else has.

  • Shawn White

    You should call people names more often to show how intelligent you are and persuade more people to agree with you.

  • Shawn White

    I doubt you would benefit from counseling at all.

  • crescentfang

    This sort of thing is obviously one of the latest media fads. With over 300 million people in the country, their will be no lack of similar reported incidents until the public and the press gets bored and picks up on something else.

    By the way, there was recently an incident of a homeowner reporting to the police a pit bull resting on their front porch. The cops discovered that it was a friendly house pet of some other breed that had gotten loose and was looking for someone to play with. Dogs don’t have political interest groups so we won’t be hearing about more such incidents.

    • digitalrambling

      troll

  • E.C. from D.C.

    SMH…yup.

    • td2016

      You have disintegrated into gibberish

      • E.C. from D.C.

        Find better comebacks … your attempts at gaslighting are pedestrian.

  • E.C. from D.C.

    Calling out hate is hate……sounds legit. lol

  • E.C. from D.C.

    There won’t be because trash protects trash.

    • td2016

      Calling people trash is hateful.

      • E.C. from D.C.

        Or you know …. accurate. Calling her a pleasant and thoughtful woman would be a lie. But you seem comfortable with that.

  • E.C. from D.C.

    Again with that great logic that calling out blatant racism is somehow hateful….makes sense. Your gaslighting is a little weak.

    • td2016

      The is no evidence of racism. There is group think.

      • E.C. from D.C.

        Lol you’re disingenuous that it’s almost sad.

  • bill bill

    A simple solution is to ban sleeping in common areas. Don’t act homeless, if you’re not.

    • sweetpea

      yes, what are these crybabies, too stupid to find their rooms? yale has a bunch of idiots for students. is this bizarro world? the real students have been replaced by complete morons, constantly complaining?

  • Domingo

    Get your blinders off. Negative police intractions between minorities and the police at the behest of racists did not start with this incident. Many have been killed by police when racists call 911 and intentionally give the dispatchers misleading information. They outsource their homicidal intentions to the police. Lets start with the kid in San Francisco last month or the Ohio man killed inside a walmart for purchasing a toy shotgun.

  • Ilive4rain

    “Hate crimes legislation is stupid. Seriously stupid. Abominably stupid. I hate hate crimes legislation. But, I love hate speech.” – Sarah Braasch

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism/2011/08/hate-crimes-legislation/

  • Ilive4rain

    Braasch calling the police on a black colleague and neighbor for using a common space was an overt act of violence, NOT a microaggression.

    The first video clearly shows that she enjoyed wielding that power over another person – apparently for the second time in as many months.

    She was not fearful when, like a litigious nosferatu, she eerily smiled and followed
    her victim so closely to the elevator.

    Braasch has frequently written of – and used for her personal advancement – her harrowing escape from a tortured childhood filled with abuse, extremism and religious zealotry.

    However, I am quite certain that her skewed rhetoric and recent behaviors provide ample evidence that she has not escaped her past nor broken this cycle.

    She has in fact, become more like her own monstrous parents than she might readily admit, using the tools of academia and white privilege rather than a religious text to practice her own form of extremism, zealotry and abuse.

    Psychologically troubled or not, irrationally fearful or not, difficult past or not, consciously or subconsciously racist or not, she is a dangerous person who is documented at least twice now seeking to harm others in a way that shields her from criminal prosecution.

    It is because of, rather than in spite of, her vast academic achievements – including a JD – and voluminous critiques of her parents, that her behavior is truly inexcusable.

    It is her LACK of ignorance that makes her culpable, mandating she be held accountable for her malice and violence.

    The NY state bar should censure her.

    The university should evict her from campus housing.

    Siyonbola and Reneson should pursue legal avenues against her – perhaps in the form of restraining orders and financial damages.

    If she ever becomes employed, I sincerely hope she is not given authority over anyone because she will only continue to abuse whatever power she has, and will quite possibly escalate.

    As accomplished academically as she may well be, she should especially never be given a faculty position, nor a post doctoral fellowship for that matter because she poses a serious liability and danger to her students, colleagues and subordinates.

    • sweetpea

      wah wah wah the crybaby elitist yale students want a safe space. what a bunch of crybabies. what a bunch of worthless people. omg i know people who work in factories that have better sense than yale students. you are all despicable. what a bunch of losers. Yes. you are all losers even though you go to yale. you think you are victims? hahahahahahah then you are losers. go to yale and are still whiny crybabies sissies blaming everything on everyone else. wah wah wah. bunch of leftist punks is all you all are

    • Killer Marmot

      So you would destroy Braasch’s life and career over this, would you?

      That is vicious.

  • Gazebo

    The usual kabuki dance. Activists will pretend that the administration could somehow make everyone be nice, because making the administration do something is what activism is all about. The administration knows they can’t do anything about it but need to show concern, so they send out statements of values and they meet with students and they say things like “we must do better,” after which maybe they hire some diversity people to do diversity things, with no resulting effect on campus life.

  • jonquimbly

    “You don’t belong here” is the new “Whites Only.”

  • sweetpea

    I used to think Yale, Harvard, etc were filled with the world’s most brilliant privileged people. Now I just think you are all a bunch of whiny brats. the world would be much better off without Yale. Period. go away and stop wasting my tax dollars. and yes, even though you are a private school you still steal my tax money. your students are brats and not deserving of admiration of any kind. You promote equity over merit and therefore you are anti-american. You are truly a disgusting university. worthless. People I know who are working class factory workers have more dignity and sense and are worth more than any of you. Yale is disgusting.

  • sweetpea

    do you whining crybabies who call yourself yale students really think that your behavior is going to get you far in life? Your administration is fooling you into thinking you are okay when you are not. you are all con artists. what a bunch of losers. I neve thought I’d say that about yale students but it’s the truth. people who behave like you all do are just embarrassing to human race. black white whatever you are all a disgrace.