In yet another incident of overreaction to seeing a person of color, a white student at Yale University has called the police on a black graduate student because she fell asleep in the common room.
Lolade Siyonbola, was in the process of writing a paper in her dorm’s common room on Tuesday. May 8. While working, Siyonbola fell asleep briefly and began napping. An unidentified white student then entered the room, turned on the lights, and told Siyonbola she wasn’t allowed to be there and called campus police.
When the police arrived, they asked Siyonbola to prove that she belongs there. She showed the two officers her dorm keys and opened her dorm door in front of them to prove she lived there. They then asked for her school ID, which she gave them after some hesitation. While checking the authenticity of her ID, two additional officers arrived on scene. After a lengthy period of time, she was given her ID back and the police left without further incident.